Published Date: Dec 14, 2013
Pakistan’s exports likely to go up by 42b: Dar
Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar has said that Pakistan’s exports are
likely to go up at least by $2 billion with award of GSP+ status by
He was speaking as a chief guest at the
concluding session of three-day 16th Sustainable Development Conference
organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The
minister noted that a number of measures were taken to fix the economy
and the trust of international community on Pakistan is beginning to
take root. He said that the government increased allocations for social
safety nets to protect the poor when austerity measures were being taken
to bring down the deficit.
Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the
Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, said that "South Asian-ness" is an identity that is waiting to be realised.
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Suleri presented recommendations from the wide-range of panels during the three day conference.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Pakistan was unable to achieve MDGs due to
lack of effective monitoring. She said that peace and security should
be included as a separate goal in the post-MDGs agenda.
Najam, former Vice-Chancellor, Lahore University of Management
Sciences, said that the idea of South Asia is very strong even as the
structure may still be loose. There is also a visible urge by most in
the region to hold on to a joint identity of South Asia, he said.