Depreciation will not attract foreign investment: FPCCI


ISLAMABAD: The eroded rupee will not only hit the manufacturing sector but it will also take a toll on the country’s SME sector, an official of the FPCCI said Tuesday.
The SMEs which were already fighting for their survival in an adverse environment will face more troubles, therefore, authorities should take notice of the situation, he said.
The importance of the SME sector cannot be overemphasized as it is directly linked to the development of an economy and eradication of poverty, said Atif Ikram Sheikh, Chairman FPCCI Regional Committee on Industries.
SMEs have proved to be the engine of growth in several successful economies. These economies include Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India. But Pakistan’s authorities have largely ignored the sector, he added.
Atif Ikram Sheikh said that the weakness of rupee will increase cost of machinery and raw material which will add to the problems of the manufacturing sector which has recently shown signs of some improvement,
He said that a falling currency will never attract additional foreign investment as the investors consider many more things before taking a decision.


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