World Population Day: PM for effectively managing population growth & strike a balance between resources and population size

Government of PakistanWorld Population Day: PM for effectively managing population growth & strike a...

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: In his message on World Population Day being observed on Thursday, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that today, we join the global community in reflecting on the critical importance of population issues and their profound impact on the development of our nation.

The population of Pakistan, currently estimated at over 240 million, is experiencing a high growth rate of 2.55%. It is projected that Pakistan’s population will reach 263 million by 2030 and 383 million by 2050.

The prime minister said that the theme for this year’s World Population Day, “Embracing the Power of Inclusive Data Towards a Resilient and Equitable Future for All,” strongly resonates with our vision for Pakistan.

“We are committed to ensuring that every individual, community, and voice from across Pakistan is taken into consideration in our policies and programs,” he said.

The prime minister said that inclusive data enables us to identify the areas where we need to focus our efforts, ranging from healthcare and education to economic opportunities and social protection.

The prime minister said that it is crucial to recognize that in order to create an environment where every Pakistani has the opportunity to thrive, we must effectively manage our population growth and strike a balance between our resources and population size to stimulate economic growth, enhance living standards, and alleviate poverty.

“Our government fully acknowledges the diverse needs and challenges of our population,” he said.

Shahbaz Sharif further said that equity lies at the core of our development agenda, and by achieving a sustainable population growth rate, we can address disparities and work towards a society where everyone has equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

The prime minister said that Pakistan has a huge youth bulge with over 65 percent of the population being under 30 years of age. This demographic composition presents both opportunities and challenges for the Country, he added.

The prime minister said that on one hand, the youth of Pakistan holds immense potential to drive economic growth, innovation, and social progress while on the other hand, the large youth population also poses challenges in terms of education, employment, and social integration.

“Our government is fully committed in its endeavors of providing quality education and skills training to this young generation to compete in a rapidly evolving global economy,” he was of the view.

Additionally, we are creating sufficient job opportunities for the youth to harness their potential and turn this youth bulge into an asset, he said.

“I urge all stakeholders – government departments, civil society, private sector, and our international partners – to join hands in our pursuit of a resilient and equitable future. Together, we can build a Pakistan where every citizen enjoys a life of dignity, security, and prosperity by steadfastly pursuing the path of achieving sustainable population growth,” the prime minister concluded.

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