Mini-budget to decrease revenue by Rs7b, says Dawood

Published: January 26, 2019


Prime Minister’s Adviser on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood admitted on Saturday that the government will have to face a shortfall of Rs7 billion in revenue due to the measures taken in the recent mini-budget, reported Express News.

Addressing a ceremony in Karachi on Saturday regarding steel production, Dawood expressed satisfaction at the increase in the annual production of steel. He said the country produces a million tons of steel annually and added that Pakistan required six million tons of steel per year.

“Pakistan spends $2 billion on the import of steel in a year, hence, development of the steel industry will help save $2 billion annually,” Dawood said.

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According to Dawood, the mini-budget would be approved in the coming five to seven days. After the approval of the mini-budget, he said, the National Tariff Policy will be prepared which will be implemented for the next three to four years.

He further said that a policy is required for the industrial sector, a draft of which, he said, would soon be discussed with the chambers of commerce.

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