By Afshan Lalani
KARACHI: If we are to achieve financial prosperity and bring overall development for our people, certain things have to be achieved and sustained. Restructure the role of Government, reduce Government’s nonproductive activities while Government has been able to take on several viable projects which have led us to borrow more, said Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue. He was addressing the 4th edition of the Summit “The Future Summit – Reshaping the Recovery” organized by the Founder of Corporate Pakistan Group and Nutshell Conferences, Muhammad Azfar Ahsan in collaboration with Martin Dow Limited.
The initiative was taken to discuss ways and means to enhance productivity, related to both human resources and industrial production which is interdependent. Dr. Shaikh further stated that the Government is committed to try and get into the recovery and stabilization phase, and put the country on a growth trajectory, making fundamental changes required to ensure the right incentives are provided to all stake holders. This, according to him is the way forward where policies can be implemented and sustained to ensure continuity.
Mr. Ali Akhai, Chairman, Martin Dow Limited encouraged the people and mentioned that 2020 has brought about lot of adversities but there were several things emerging to learn from. He emphasized upon to adapt technology while transitioning into new order emerging from the experience encountered in recent days. Mr. Ghias Khan, President & CEO Engro Corporation informed as to how he has been instrumental in revamping Engro’s strategy, culture, and global outreach. He emphasized upon the Government to focus on promoting exports, encourage import substitution and explore new areas for exports which is now imperative for us. He emphasized to keep investing in technology and focus on people.
Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, and Federal Minister for National History and Literary Heritage, shared his vision of fixing the system of governance. He said that everything is being done with no personal agenda but to to serve the nation and see it prosper. He talked about different areas like food security, curriculum reform, educational appetite, waseela-e-taleem, malnutrition, database management and teachers training through the use of technology, tele school and finally radio school which is a new concept and for the people who do not have access to television. He was concerned about the health and malnutrition of the people. The physical stunting impacts the brain too for which we have started Sehat Sahulat Card where family will have access to Rs 740,000 for hospitalization in any hospital of choice and the entire population will be covered. He came up with the concept of a Caring Society where all areas can be served by the Government.
One panelist said that each individual determined the goal of other exactly like the goal of himself that should be the objective of public private partnership. Regulatory, concepturary and concessionary framework should be brought by public sector and efficiency, expertise and capital to be brought by the private sector. Another panelist shared his vision that we need to integrate best technology, best solutions from other partners in order to get seamless solutions.
The first day of Future Summit ended on a good note of working together to further the interest of public and private partnership.