Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif, urged authorities to abolish all taxes on raw materials used in the export industry and to set up task teams to attract investment in a variety of local industries.

The new government has been attempting to put in place a long-term plan to resuscitate Pakistan’s struggling economy, with the premier reaffirming his plea for increased exports to alleviate the country’s growing cash constraint yesterday.

The premier met with a team from the American Business Council, which included officials from the pharmaceuticals, food processing, IT, e-commerce, retail, textile, sports, and logistics sectors, according to APP.


Federal ministers Syed Naveed Qamar, Makhdoom Murtaza Mahmood, and Marriyum Aurangzeb were also present at the meeting.

Task groups were constituted by the prime minister to solicit investments in a variety of areas. Tourism, pharmaceuticals, information technology, e-commerce, large-scale manufacturing, and agriculture will all have task teams constituted.

He reminded the team that the government was working hard to guarantee that high-quality agricultural products were produced for export. The government was pushing for policy consistency for the first time, he said, because “subjects of the national economy and public welfare are above politics”.

Shehbaz Sharif also asked the secretary of trade and the secretary of the Board of Investment to guarantee that the investors’ concerns were addressed immediately, and he requested a compliance report within a week.

Business representatives, on the other hand, told state media that government initiatives had helped them regain investor confidence, and that the pre-budget dialogue with stakeholders was a “positive step”.

PM Shehbaz has called all stakeholders to get together on Tuesday, ahead of the budget declaration on June 10, to finalise a long-term plan to rebuild the ailing economy. Top businessmen, agriculturists, and economists attended the day-long pre-budget meeting, where they offered advice on how to lift the country out of its unparalleled economic crisis.

During the meeting, the premier pledged that their suggestions would be taken into consideration and that separate plans for agricultural, industrial, and financial expansion would be developed.

PM Shehbaz also stated that political stability cannot be attained without economic stability and that it was past time for the elite class to make sacrifices and for non-productive assets such as real estate to be taxed. He advised businesses to invest in renewable power rather than relying on the country’s vast coal reserves for power generation.

The prime minister also emphasised the importance of reducing imports while increasing exports, assuring attendees of the government’s full support in expanding local business and eradicating any barriers.