ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that expensive electricity was a major impediment to the growth of small and medium enterprises, increasing production costs and making domestic products lose their ability to compete with foreign goods.
He observed this when chairing a meeting on the promotion of industrial processes, particularly the problems faced by small and medium enterprises and their solutions. The meeting was attended by federal ministers Hammad Azhar, Asad Umar, Umar Ayub, Trade Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to Nadeem Babar, Tabish Gohar, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Petroleum, and other senior officials. The meeting discussed various proposals for solving problems facing the industry, especially small and medium enterprises, including the high cost of electricity.
Responding to the meeting, the prime minister said the country’s development was linked to the promotion of industrial processes. He said that in order to save the industrial sector, especially small and medium enterprises from the current economic situation and losses due to the corona virus, it is necessary to find solutions to problems facing the industrial sector on a priority basis. Welcoming the various proposals put forward in this regard, the Prime Minister said all possible efforts and steps were taken to encourage industrial processes and utilize existing capacities in the country.
The Prime Minister advised that the proposals submitted to the industrial sector to solve energy-related problems must be resolved as soon as possible so that they can be implemented immediately.
Meanwhile, the PM chaired a meeting on steps to be taken in the federal capital to improve health facilities and ensure the provision of quality healthcare services to the public.
The Special Assistant for Health Dr Faisal Sultan briefed the prime minister about the problems faced in the health sector, priorities and future strategies to improve the quality of health services and provide quality services.
Detailed discussions were held to provide basic and quality health services to the community through primary health care and to expand the coverage of the health insurance program and the introduction of an action plan to reduce the burden on large hospitals by improving facilities in primary health units and secondary hospitals. The roadmap for the use of information technology in providing health services to patients is submitted to the prime minister.
The prime minister was briefed on the progress of a proposal to establish primary health facilities in Jhangi Syedan, Mauza Johad, G-13 and Golra, expansion of the Polyclinic and construction of a 200-bed secondary health hospital in Sarai Kharboza.