BAFL 53.19 Increased By ▲ 3.16 (6.32%)
BIPL 22.90 Increased By ▲ 0.49 (2.19%)
BOP 5.67 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (4.61%)
CNERGY 5.12 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (1.39%)
DFML 19.35 Increased By ▲ 0.17 (0.89%)
DGKC 80.54 Increased By ▲ 0.39 (0.49%)
FABL 33.11 Increased By ▲ 0.26 (0.79%)
FCCL 20.25 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
FFL 10.48 Increased By ▲ 0.83 (8.6%)
GGL 13.61 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.07%)
HBL 129.52 Increased By ▲ 8.18 (6.74%)
HUBC 123.38 Increased By ▲ 0.88 (0.72%)
HUMNL 8.04 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (0.5%)
KEL 4.43 Increased By ▲ 0.46 (11.59%)
LOTCHEM 28.01 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-0.25%)
MLCF 42.71 Increased By ▲ 0.51 (1.21%)
OGDC 125.38 Increased By ▲ 4.05 (3.34%)
PAEL 21.33 Increased By ▲ 1.10 (5.44%)
PIBTL 6.11 Increased By ▲ 0.31 (5.34%)
PIOC 118.47 Increased By ▲ 2.57 (2.22%)
PPL 113.85 Increased By ▲ 3.10 (2.8%)
PRL 31.80 Increased By ▲ 2.22 (7.51%)
SILK 1.10 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (1.85%)
SNGP 69.44 Increased By ▲ 0.41 (0.59%)
SSGC 13.76 Increased By ▲ 0.06 (0.44%)
TELE 9.16 Increased By ▲ 0.41 (4.69%)
TPLP 14.79 Increased By ▲ 0.12 (0.82%)
TRG 92.45 Increased By ▲ 1.15 (1.26%)
UNITY 27.47 Increased By ▲ 0.22 (0.81%)
WTL 1.67 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (2.45%)
BR100 6,815 Increased By 167.1 (2.51%)
BR30 24,245 Increased By 677 (2.87%)
KSE100 66,224 Increased By 1505.6 (2.33%)
KSE30 22,123 Increased By 529.1 (2.45%)

PM Imran announces industrial package with eyes on foreign exchange inflow

  • Says government's priority is to promote export-oriented industries
Published March 1, 2022

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the industrial package on Tuesday, adding that without enhancing the manufacturing base, Pakistan cannot progress, a statement that comes a day after he unveiled a number of measures to tame rising inflation, and boost economic productivity in the country.

In his address in Lahore, Khan said, “I should have announced an industrial package for the business community at the beginning of my government (in 2018).

“No country can achieve prosperity and growth (just) by selling vegetables and wheat — countries move ahead through industrialisation. The sophistication of industries enhance the wealth of the country,” he added.

The PM said that his government's priority was to promote export-oriented units. “However, we should not have given an open amnesty scheme announced earlier, it should have been directed towards industries.

Industrial policy

While giving details of the package, Khan said that it has two aspects. “Firstly, capital is not being utilised in productive activities. We are focusing on small- and medium-sized industrial units, reducing regulations and facilitating them.

“Secondly, sick industries have also been given incentives to achieve industrial growth,” the PM said.

Khan added that the government would give overseas Pakistanis a five-year tax holiday for investing in Pakistan. “If they do a joint venture with a local company, they would still be given a five-year tax holiday, as we want to attract capital from abroad,” he added.

“The country would take off industrially only when overseas Pakistanis bring their capital and invest in Pakistan. The overseas community has the capital and skills, they only need confidence and incentives."

I should have announced an industrial package for the business community at the beginning of my government's tenure: Prime Minister Imran Khan

‘Rs5 power tariff cut will be adjusted through budgetary reallocation’

Meanwhile, the PM said that exports of the country’s IT sector, which was also among the ones being incentivised, have grown by 70%, but it remains far below its potential.

“The reason behind it was we didn’t give incentives to our freelancers and IT companies. The IT industry is different from others; this is the first time that complete incentives have been given to both companies and freelancers.”

Apart from giving incentives to the IT sector, Khan said that work needs to be done by conducting boot camps for IT professionals and changing the syllabus at the university level.

“Our biggest mistake was that we never focused on increasing our exports. A country which does not have a robust export base cannot move ahead,” he said.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Khusro Bakhtyar said that the industrial package would boost economic activity in the country.

FCA for Jan: Govt mulling hiking power tariff by Rs6.1/unit

“In order to achieve economic freedom and sustainable growth, Pakistan needs to enhance its manufacturing base to 25% of the GDP, which at present stands at 13%,” he said.

PM relief package

The announcement comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to reduce petroleum products’ prices by Rs10 per litre and electricity tariff by Rs5 per unit.

In a televised address to the nation on Monday, the PM said he received a summary from OGRA for an increase in petrol price by Rs10 per litre, and instead of increasing it, the government decided to reduce oil prices by Rs10 per litre.

Similarly, the premier said that the government has decided to reduce electricity tariff by Rs5 per unit, which means the electricity bill would be reduced by 20-25%.

He said that the government had decided not to increase prices of oil and electricity till the next budget. He added that subsequent to Ukraine war, the prospect of a decrease in oil prices is not expected.


Comments are closed.

Maqbool Mar 01, 2022 03:37pm
Top 5 % of taxpayers means those earning Rs 150,000 per month . Can one live on Rs 150,000 ? Crazy !
thumb_up Recommended (0)
Maqbool Mar 01, 2022 04:30pm
The 5% tax should also be applicable to all Ministers, special assistants, advisors and all elected representatives , with no exceptions to the rules
thumb_up Recommended (0)

PM Imran announces industrial package with eyes on foreign exchange inflow

Govt seeks to cure Sino-Pak trade imbalance

Independent directors’ selection: SECP directs cos to exercise due diligence

700.7MW hydel power project: Chinese co urges PPIB to grant extension in financial close

Yemen rebels threaten Israel-bound Red Sea ships

SIFC panel for single authority to manage all SEZs

IMF scheduled to consider first review of $3bn SBA on Jan 11

North Korea condemns US veto of Gaza ceasefire call at UN

Police force needs to improve its image: PM

China, Saudi to expand trade and investment cooperation

Gaza ceasefire: UN’s failure to adopt resolution disappoints Pakistan