KARACHI: Employers Federation of Pakistan EFP has proposed a Pakistan National Business Agenda 2013 PNBA for the government and private sector aimed at identifying problems and challenges affecting business growth, employment, revenue generation, low productivity, and other core issues in the economy.
The PNBA is a part of EFP’s advocacy campaign for creating and enabling a favourable environment for business growth providing a level playing field to the business community to effectively play its part in economic development, employment generation and to build a softer image of Pakistan abroad.
This was stated by President, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, KM Nauman in a press conference held on Monday at Karachi Press Club. The agenda comprises on issues and solution of energy sector, maintenance of law and order throughout the country, eradication of corruption, recovery of economic growth, youth empowerment and development, broadening of
taxpayers base, development of infrastructure and SMEs, enhancement in labour productivity, promoting of regional trade and women empowerment and development.
EFP also decided to engage with government actively and frequently, and play a key role in formulating policy advice to the government. EFP focuses, not simply on pure economic issues, but also on broader socioeconomic issues including health and education, he said.
He explained the development of the PNBA involved intense interaction with members of the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan. We want to develop a strong liaison with the new political leadership to play a role effectively in economic development, employment generation, building momentum for business activities and export enhancement. We intend to engage the government and help it to achieve these objectives, EFP President said.
He hoped the new government will have better opportunity to identify and resolve Pakistan’s social and economic issues collectively. There is no denying that the challenges which the new government faces are huge, but given the need to resolve them, there is also a sense of collective commitment to do so.
He demanded the new government and private sector should create employment opportunities in different sectors to accommodate two million young people in the economic activities through improving security and energy situation, development of infrastructure and business environment on priority basis.
The PNBA recommends a business agenda leading towards prosperity. Around 17 major issues have been defined and analysed and a 7 Cs strategy is proposed to achieve a prosperous Pakistan. The seventeen point agenda indicating major problems and obstacles impeding business and economic growth and possible solutions to resolve them.
This strategy is composed of creating a conducive industrial climate; a consistent industrial, labour and employment policy; consolidating and simplifying labour legislation; reducing the cost of doing business; decent employment; skills development; women empowerment; corporate driven good governance, and continuous ongoing dialogue with business.