ICCI hopes CPEC Authority to spur industrialization in Pakistan

ICCI

The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry has welcomed the announcement of Prime Minister of Pakistan to establish CPEC Authority for timely completion of CPEC projects and termed it a positive development as its materialization would start a new era of industrialization in Pakistan.
Ahmed Hassan Moughal, President and Rafat Farid, Senior Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that promoting industrialization was the key requirement to stabilize the economy and hoped that the establishment of CPEC Authority would be a right step in that direction.
Ahmed Hassan Moughal said that Pakistan was confronted with many challenges at its eastern and western borders and a strong economy was the key to cope with these challenges effectively. He said that a weak economy would not only create internal challenges, it would also give rise to external threats for the country. Therefore, stabilizing the economy should be the top most priority of the government, he added.
He said that for the financial year 2018-19, large scale manufacturing was projected to grow by over 8 percent, but as per latest figures of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, it instead of achieving growth, LSM has shrunk by over 3 percent during this period, which was not a good sign for the economic future of the country.
He said that all major industrial sectors including food, beverages, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and iron & steel have experienced decline, which should be a cause of concerns for the policymakers.