ISLAMABAD, 27 June 2014 - The Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, today opened a workshop in Islamabad that will look at the cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ways to forward inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Pakistan.
Minister Jatoi said that reducing poverty remained one of the key goals of the Government and that industry had an important role to play in wealth and job creation. He added that Pakistan was striving to further strengthen the industrial sector as a way of achieving a higher stage of economic and social development, and the country aimed at promoting economic and industrial growth within a socially inclusive and environmental sustainable framework.
“We strongly believe in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development in order to harness the full potential of the industry’s contribution towards economic growth,” said the minister. He also highlighted the need for industrialization to be recognized as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal.
Other speakers noted Pakistan’s investment-friendly policies that have helped reduce costs and enhance the ease of doing business. The creation of Export Processing Zones, national industrial parks, industrial clusters and Special Economic Zones were all examples of such policies. Participants said that promoting bilateral and regional trade, enhancing investment promotion, the energy and physical infrastructure was one of the most effective ways to promote sustainable economic growth.
The UNIDO Representative to Pakistan, Esam Alqararah, shared UNIDO’s new vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, which was adopted by the Organization’s Member states at the 15th session of UNIDO General Conference held in December 2013 in Lima, Peru.
Alqararah reiterated UNIDO’s commitment to further strengthen cooperation with the Ministry of Industries and Production and said that UNIDO was looking forward to work closely in the areas of creative industries, trade promotion, youth skills enhancement as well as in sustainable environmental and energy initiatives.
The workshop was attended by high ranking officials from government institutions, representatives from the Ministries of Science and Technology, Commerce, the Climate Change Division, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as private sector stakeholders.
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