'Work with the government as partners,' PM Imran tells business community in Karachi

Updated July 10, 2019

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Prime Minister Imran Khan. — Photo courtesy Imran Khan Instagram
Prime Minister Imran Khan. — Photo courtesy Imran Khan Instagram
PM Imran Khan speaks to representatives of the business community in Karachi on Wednesday. — Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan
PM Imran Khan speaks to representatives of the business community in Karachi on Wednesday. — Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday sought to allay the concerns of the business community regarding the government's economic policies, saying it was his priority to resolve their issues.

The premier after arriving in Karachi on a day-long visit was talking to a delegation comprising representatives of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Automotive Parts Association.

"The government wants to facilitate you," the official PTI Twitter account quoted the Prime Minister Imran as telling members of the delegation. He said the primary objective of his visit to the metropolis was to address the issues faced by the business community and that his entire economic team was present here to find quick solutions to their problems.

"Pakistan's economy can no longer be run according to the old methodology," he said.

The prime minister said it was his foremost priority to alleviate poverty and accelerate economic activity, for which he sought the help of the business leaders.

"The business community should work with the government as partners," the premier was quoted as saying.

The delegation during the meeting presented various proposals pertaining to reforms in the tax system, revenue enhancement, curbing inflation and smuggling, ease of doing business, promotion of investment and generation of job opportunities, Radio Pakistan reported.

Present on the occasion were Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar, Adviser on Commerce Razak Dawood, Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Adviser on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman Board of Investment Syed Zubair Haider Gilani and Governor State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir.