Tourism sector offers immense opportunities: PM

Government is striving to uplift the low-income group: PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government is committed to attract investment in Pakistan’s burgeoning travel and tourism sector which offers immense opportunities.

In a tweet, Prime Minister welcoming the Air Arabia Group to the country wished them success in their partnership with local investors to establish a new Pakistani airline.

Earlier, the Prime Minister held a meeting with Chairman of Air Arabia Group Sheikh Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Thani and discussed matters related to investment in commercial aviation of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said the government of Pakistan is giving incentives to the investors and we want that Pakistan should be the destination of priority for the investors.

He also welcomed the investment of commercial airlines of different countries for the promotion of tourism.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill has said that Lakson Group of Pakistan and Air Arabia signed an agreement to launch low-cost airline “Fly Jinnah”.

In a tweet, he said the Airline would not only play a key role in the Pakistani economy and create new jobs but also boost country’s aviation and tourism sectors.

Citizens’ issues related to Sehat Insaf Card have been linked to Pakistan Citizen Portal.

According to the Prime Minister Office, on the direction of the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit has issued a directive in this regard.

This portal will enable citizens to lodge direct complaints regarding refusals for treatment in hospitals, lack of facilities and staff behavior. This will also allow the citizens complain about lack of information on treatment expenses and delay in treatment.

Chairman State Life will ensure prompt resolution of citizens’ grievances. In this regard special dashboards have also been allotted to top officials of State Life.

Earlier, the prime minister, addressing the inaugural ceremony of the three-day ICCI Pakistan Property, Housing and Construction Expo 2021, said the government had removed many impediments, reaffirming that his government aims at fixing the remaining obstacles that face the construction sector.

The expo featured the pavilions of the commercial banks, Board of Investment, State Bank of Pakistan, companies and businesses related to the construction industry, including real estate developers, marketing firms, cement, marble, tiles, electronics, cable and many others. He claimed a “construction boom” was coming to the country owing to increasing demand by the “the 220 million people for low-cost housing”.

“Banks will give money to people for mortgage financing and then this population of 220m of ours will become an asset because it will generate demand and then construction and related industries will start running.”

The prime minister said the government was striving to uplift the low-income group. Referring to the economic transformations witnessed in China, he said the country had steered around 800 million people out of poverty by uplifting the poor.

He said that Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, who came from the private sector, was cognizant of the issues facing the construction industry “which provided most of the employment opportunities”.

The premier said the promotion of the construction industry would lead to wealth creation and revenue generation as well as bringing about the export boom.  He said Singapore’s exports were around $300 billion while Pakistan would hardly touch the $30 billion mark this year.

Assuring the business sector of all-out facilitation, he urged them to pay taxes enabling the government to spend improving infrastructures like education and health.

As pointed out by the ICCI president, the prime minister also assured that the issue of lease renewal of industrial units in Islamabad would be resolved after discussion at the National Coordination Committee on Construction.

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