KARACHI: Federal Minister of State for Commerce and Textile Industry Khurram Dastgir Khan said that achieving high economic growth through fresh investment is the top priority of the government.
The Minister said that economic growth and increasing foreign trade were two cornerstones of the government, stressing that these achievements would help in job creation.
He said, “Over the years, Expo Pakistan has developed into a world class event and provides an opportunity to portray a soft image of the country”. “Terrorist activities have tarnished the image of the country but events like trade fairs and cultural shows help a lot in mitigating the negative impact,” the Minister observed.
The Minister appreciated the initiative of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) for regularly holding such mega events for the last eight years particularly when the country is bogged down in a war against terrorism.
Responding to a question, the Minister said that despite severe energy crisis, there were strong indications of growth in economic activity.
He further said that the government was vigorously working on the energy sector and hopefully within the next two years the power shortages would be reduced to a greater extent.