OICCI terms country’s progress under present gov’t as satisfactory: PM

Government has worked wholeheartedly for the empowerment of women folk: PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed his firm commitment to continue the fight against corrupt mafia to bring them under the ambit of the law.

Addressing an event in Rawalpindi on Tuesday in connection with International Women’s Day, he said no NRO will be given to the corrupt elements. He said this fight is also important for the protection of the rights of weak segments of society including women.

He was confident that he would emerge successful in the fight against the corrupt mafia.

Alluding to the recent political situation, the Prime Minister said he is ready for any move of his opponents.

The Prime Minister said the government has worked wholeheartedly for the empowerment of womenfolk. He said history will remain a testimony to it. He said that the effort was not aimed at securing votes but to provide fundamental rights to women.

The Prime Minister pointed out that women in Europe got inheritance rights in 1920 but our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Rasool Allah Khatam-un-Nabiyeen Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Ala Alayhee Wa Ashabehi Wassalam gave the same about fifteen hundred years ago. He, however, regretted that women in Pakistan do not get their due rights. He said we have now introduced inheritance rights law for women and now it is the responsibility of the entire society including that of the administration to ensure its implementation.

The Prime Minister underlined the need for women’s education to take forward the country. Regretting that the education of girls was ignored in the past, he said the present government has taken several initiatives to ensure their education.

He said under the Ehsaas program, ninety-eight percent of the disbursements go into the hands of women. About five hundred billion rupees have so far been disbursed under this program.

Imran Khan said we are also giving more stipends and scholarships to the girls.

Minister for Law Farogh Naseem stressed that the implementation of inheritance rights law is important for the empowerment of women. He emphasized greater awareness about the structural changes brought by the government in different laws so that they could benefit from them.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Parliamentary Secretary for Law Maleeka Bokhari also spoke on the occasion. Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said that the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) had expressed satisfaction over the country’s progress achieved under the present government.

In a series of tweets, according to OICCI’s survey, the prime minister said that Pakistan was better than 6out of 10 regional countries in 2021 viz-a-viz, 3 out of 10 in 2019.

“The OICCI expressed satisfaction over the country’s progress under our govt. They believe Pakistan is better than 6 out of 10 regional countries in 2021 versus 3 out of 10 in 2019,” the prime minister posted on his Twitter handle.

“Acc (according) to OICCI, in 2021, 68% viewed accelerating growth in their businesses in the next 2-3 years vs only 27% in 2019. Given the significant improvement in the business climate, they want to conduct international roadshows to showcase the opportunities in Pakistan,” he added in a related tweet.

The OICCI, the collective voice of top foreign investors in Pakistan, on March 7, unveiled the results of its biennial “Perception and Investment Survey 2021” putting the country’s investment outlook as improved.

The survey results present an array of insights, shedding light on the increase in confidence of OICCI members on the country’s growth potential and some areas where government attention is required.

OICCI members forecast healthy growth of their respective business entities in Pakistan with an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents willing to recommend new FDI in Pakistan.

Foreign investors’ sentiments about the investment and operating conditions in Pakistan, in comparison with regional countries had shown notable improvement, compared to the previous survey, as Pakistan has been rated “Better” ahead of India, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

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