The provincial government will generate one million new jobs every year to help reduce unemployment and raise standards of living in the province, Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Friday.
He was speaking to various delegations at his residence.
He said through public-private partnership ventures the government would provide vocational training to two million college graduates till 2018. He said courses would be arranged in accordance with industry requirements.
The minister said the government had set an annual growth target for exports at 15 per cent for its remaining years in power. He said the target for economic growth rate had been set at 8 per cent. Rehman said improvement in law and order situation and crackdown on terrorist outfits were a priority of the government. He said strict instructions had been issued to law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order.
He said the situation was better in the Punjab than the other provinces. “The confidence of the private sector has improved due to recent steps taken by the government to improve security. We have recorded an increase in private investment in the recent months. We cannot attract investment without ensuring peace,” he said.
He said the economy had suffered during 2014 because of the sit-ins and long marches held by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik. He said the province could not afford such ‘adventures’ and requested all political parties to help the government attain its economic growth targets.
“Our mission is to improve the quality of lives in the Punjab,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2015.
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