ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the Finance and Economy Think-Tank on Sunday.
Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Adviser on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, State Bank of Pakistan Governor Raza Baqir and former finance secretary Dr Waqar Masood Khan were present on the occasion.
Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Shaukat Tareen, Sultan Alana, Dr Ijaz Nabi and Arif Habib participated via video-link.
The finance adviser briefed about the objectives and focus areas of this think-tank on finance and economy.
PM Imran emphasised that out-of-the-box solutions are required for economic growth in these crucial times. Covid-19 has adversely impacted the world economy and of Pakistan too, he added.
He stated that from day one, his government adopted a strategy to maintain a balance between sustaining economic activity and protecting the masses from infectious disease of Covid-19.
The premier emphasised that prime focus is on providing relief to the poor segment of society through targeted subsidies. He stated that Ehsaas is the flagship programme of the government to alleviate poverty and requires expansion along with a strategy to reach the neediest.
PM Imran highlighted that a substantive package has been announced for the construction and Housing sector that aims at increasing much needed employment opportunities and economic stimulus as well as adding to the inventory of affordable housing for the poor.
He also highly appreciated the proposals presented by the think tank regarding banking and finance, and further improving the Ehsaas programme and facilitating small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
He directed that regular feedback of the think tank be provided to him on various ongoing initiatives, policies and programmes of the government.