Pakistan will be among top 25 world economies till 2025: Ahsan Iqbal

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APP27-26 KARACHI: November 26 - Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal speaking at 11th CEO Summit Asia-2015 at a local hotel. APP photo by Sahib Zaman

KARACHI, Nov 26 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan is on the path of economic revival and will be among top 25 world economies till 2025.
He said it was the need of hour that we all move ahead with unanimity on government decisions in the better interest of the country. Ahsan Iqbal expressed these views at the 11th CEO Summit Asia-2015,Best Performing Leadership Award and Book Launch 100 Performing CEOs,Leaders and Companies of Pakistan-2015 with the theme of “Believe in
Pakistan” organized by CEO Club Pakistan in collaboration with Planning Commission, Board of Investment Pakistan and Privatization Commission of Pakistan, at a local hotel on Thursday.
The summit was attended by 600 top chairmen, CEOs, Presidents, MDs,
Country Managers, Entrepreneurs, Government Officials, Diplomats and
Business leaders.
The purpose of the mega corporate event was to bring the soft corporate
image of Pakistan at global level.
Ahsan Iqbal said that if anyone had the passion of success and want to
achieve his or her destination then no one can stop him from getting that.
He said that Pakistan commenced its life as a non-industrial country
in 1947 but today the country was exporting various equipments to
the world.
No doubt Pakistan is moving towards development, he added.
He pointed out that we kept on weeping 64 years at half empty glass but
did not highlight positive things of our country.
Ashan said that if things were compared including law and order
situation, energy crisis, Balochistan issue and others to 2013 than
today’s Pakistan was moving fast on the track of development.
Owing to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), presently, Pakistan
was being considered as an emerging economic giant.
He said Chinese investment of 64bn dollars was drawing attention of the
world towards Pakistan.
Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz led government was making untiring efforts
for the development of country.
“World is witnessing positive change in Pakistan”, he said adding that
Pakistan was going to deliver in South Asia, China and Central Asia with the
help of China through CPEC in the future.
He said that it was just a start and Pakistan could become the hub of
economic actifities.
State Minister and Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme
(BISP), MNA Marvi Memon on the occasion highlighted the responsibilities and efforts of BISP for the marginalized section of society.
She said that PML-N led government was the major investor in BISP and
specially focusing on the woman.
She said BISP was endeavouring in proper manner for the welfare of the
poor population of the country.
BISP, being the custodian of 5.15 million beneficiary families, is one
of the largest Social Safety Nets in the world and its efforts were being recognized at global level.
BISP aims to give dignity, empowerment and meaning to the lives of
beneficiaries.
She also suggested CEOs and business leaders to invest in Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR).
She said that BISP may offer its data of 27 million beneficiary
households through Demographic Directory of BISP for CSR activities which will help beneficiaries to graduate out of poverty.
She said that BISP was only providing subsistence but the business
leaders must play their due part to alleviate the poverty.
Prof. Ahsan Iqbal and MNA Marvi Memon unveiled “Book launch 100
performing CEOs, Leaders and Companies of Pakistan-2015”.On the
occasion they were presented Souvenirs.
Earlier, Ijaz Nisar, Founder and President, CEO Club Pakistan and
Manager Today Magazine kicked off the summit with welcome address,
S.M. Muneer Chairman Din Group of Industries and Chief Executive TDAP,
Muhammad Ali Tabba Chairman & CEO Lucky Cement, Atif Bajwa President &
CEO Bank Alfalah, Nadeem Hussain President & CEO Tameer Bank and
others also addressed to the summit.