ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan on Wednesday said the federal government was keen to see Pakistan as an emerging hub of economic activities.
While addressing the forum: “Pakistan Leadership Conversation 2018” organized by ACCA Pakistan in Islamabad, the minister said the government had strived hard to enhance people’s access to financial services and gaining technological knowhow so as to enable them contribute to the process of development in the Country, he said.
The minister said the people of Pakistan today were better able to access financial services, especially due to the use of internet. He said they were fully abreast with the developments taking place in the World.
Rana Afzal said but their journey didn’t end here, adding efforts were on to provide better training and facilities to the people to explore their potential, and ACCA was one of the forums that was helpful in attaining that objective.
The finance minister said all over the World there was a change in the collective perception of doing business, new business arenas were coming up and the people were exploring for more.
“Pakistan in this respect has diversity and huge potential to offer. For example there is a great scope of investment in agriculture (especially halal food), energy and low cost housing and we want the people to come and explore this potential,” he said.
The minister said at the same time, they should have been technically prepared to cope with the challenges of the competitive business environment and ensure international standards.
The state minister said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would prove to be a game changer and if they kept due focus and work hard, they could benefit from it like Egypt did from the Suez Canal.