PM reiterates Pak’s unwavering assistance for Afghan peace process

PM calls for promoting SMEs to improve economic indicators

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Prime Minister Imran Khan had a phone call with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the progress in the on-going Afghan peace process and strengthening of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. In this regard, the Prime Minister welcomed the recent progress in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations in Doha. Prime Minister Imran Khan underlined that Pakistan’s outreach to all Afghan stakeholders was part of its facilitative efforts to ensure progress towards an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. The latest visit of Taliban Political Commission (TPC) to Pakistan is also in this context. The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s call on all the Afghan sides for taking measures for reduction in violence leading to ceasefire. The two leaders agreed to continue their engagement for supporting the peace process and enhancing bilateral cooperation. Prime Minister Imran Khan has stressed for promoting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve the economic indicators which are already on positive trajectory.He was chairing a meeting of National Coordination Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Prime Minister directed to achieve at the earliest the targets set for the promotion of SMEs.
Imran Khan said the SMEs are an important component of economy and their promotion will strengthen economy and create job opportunities.
The meeting was informed that the database of the SMEs is being updated on priority basis in order to extend timely facilities to them. The tax form of the SMEs is being simplified for them.
The meeting was informed that the process of consultations with all the stakeholders is underway to extend financial assistance to the small and medium enterprises. In this regard SMEs fund will also be created.
The meeting was informed that Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) is being restructured to further enhance its capacity.

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