CPEC to further boost Pakistan's role in South Asia: Marriyum

CPEC to further boost Pakistan’s role in South Asia: Marriyum

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said international investors are keen to invest in various sectors of the country due to increased confidence on Pakistan’s economy.

She was speaking at an exhibition organized by Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan in Islamabad on Friday afternoon.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said Pakistan’s economy has achieved sound footings as reflected by various economic indicators. She said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which has been dubbed as the game-changer by international community will enhance regional connectivity and promotion of trade, making the role of Pakistan pivotal in South Asia. She said infrastructure development is a major component of this project to change the landscape of the country.

Minister of State for Information said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had promised in 2013 to make Pakistan a vibrant economy by overcoming the challenges of terrorism, energy shortage and weaker financial situation. All these promises are being realized now and by 2018 Pakistan will emerge as a prosperous and developed country on the world map.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said major financial institutions have appreciated the economic milestones achieved by the present government. She said Pakistan’s economic rating has been improved; foreign exchange reserves increased to a substantial level and the stock market is one of the best in Asia due to economic policies pursued by the government. Government has also launched a number of energy projects, both from conventional and alternative sources, to overcome the shortage of power in the country.

The Minister said it is heartening to see that a large number of companies from Britain, Germany, Dubai, Uzbekistan, Turkey and other countries are taking part in the exhibition and have also expressed interest to invest in real estate sector of Pakistan.

She urged private sector to act as veritable arm of the government in infrastructure development.

To a question, the Minister of State said that Imran Khan is misleading the nation and PTI led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa failed to deliver in the province.

She said that Pakistan will continue its journey to development and prosperity under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

A large number of people belong to every walk of life attended the exhibition. The event will conclude on Sunday.