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Govt to take bold steps for economic revival: Jahangir Tareen

ISLAMABAD: PTI central leader Jahangir Tareen Monday said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), after forming federal government, would have to take extraordinary bold steps to bail out Pakistan from the
current economic crunch.
Talking to Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) Chief Executive Mian Kashif
Ashfaq at a meeting held Monday at Banigala, Jahangir Tareen said in a
first development, the newly elected government would go for the bailout
package to improve its reserves. After addressing these issues, the
government will switch over for restoring competitiveness of the economy
that need 20-25 years and badly required improving skill of the workforce
and educating the people. He said PTI should improve the tax policy, which
should encourage forming new industrial units in the country. He said that
Jehangir Tareen categorically told that all existing board of directors of
all autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies will be restructured with best of the best world class technocats to make them result oriented entities.
Jahangir appreciating role of PFC for promotion of local furniture industry gave assurance to its chief Mian Kashif of all government support for promotion of furniture sector. He said “Pakistan is blessed with abundant resources and our people are equipped with the best skills that can help develop the country on modern lines.” He said skilled craftsmen can create unique pieces while large scale factories can produce many identical units – in both cases adding to the employment. “I am delighted to support the Pakistan Furniture Council, a body committed to promoting Pakistani skill and craftsmanship, as well as creating international linkages to encourage trade,” he remarked.
He also said their government would appoint honest, hardworking and very
well experienced persons in all the government, semi-government and
autonomous departments to revive the economy of the country. He said they
would revamp Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to give push to local industry besides making it possible that all funds would be used to prmote Pakistan- handmade world class furniture items in international
markets.
Mian Kashif Ashfaq congratulating him for victory in general elections said he is much optimistic that PTI government would utilize all available
resources to promote furniture sector in Pakistan. He said this sector is
badly neglected by the previous governments and due to the apathy of the
concerned authority
He said we need policies to protect the furniture sector so that we can
grow in the correct manner. We currently cannot compete with the Chinese
market because of their prices which is largely due to the availability of
skilled labour.“China for instance has over a thousand technical schools,
and enroll at least eleven million people with the support of their
government to ensure they set up programs that will support the local
industry,” he added. He stressed the need for the government and the
Pakistani people to increase their patronage of furniture products made by
local industry.

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