Industrial sector faces water issues: Razak

Adviser on Commerce says good policies of previous governments must be lauded

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KARACHI
Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, said on Saturday that industry sector is facing water issues. Abdul Razak Dawood said that the federal government is working to resolve gas-related issues.
He added that the consistency in policies resulted in improvements in ease of doing business. The adviser elaborated that the government has taken forward the development of power production. Commenting over the rising prices of vegetables, Dawood was of the view that the government is in talks with Iran for imports of tomatoes.
He said Pakistan’s improvement in the World Bank’s business reform report was made possible by continuing the policies of the previous government. Talking to reporters at the Islamic Chamber of Commerce event in Karachi, the advisor expressed that the good actions taken by the previous government should be appreciated, including restoration plans and business reforms.
Abdul Razak asserted that water supply is a major problem for Sindh industries rather than gas and electricity. The Sindh government should not raise water prices for industries, he added. He said that Islamic countries should promote bilateral trade, adding Pakistan has a very favorable environment for foreign investors.
Earlier on November 13, Abdul Razak Dawood had said the government was taking steps to eradicate the menace of smuggling. The adviser told this to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile when the issue of cross border smuggling of fruits, including apple, and other goods from Iran was raised in its meeting held here at the Parliament House.
The committee also discussed the import of onions and tomatoes and called for levying taxes.
Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood suggested holding a meeting with the Quetta Chamber of Commerce to resolve these issues and address the grievances of importers. The committee observed that prohibiting the import of onions and tomatoes has not strengthened our farmers and has not helped in reducing prices as otherwise claimed.

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