PM for addressing builders' issues on priority basis.


ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed the chairman Federal Board of Revenue to ensure resolution of issues of builders and constructors on priority basis.

Chairing a meeting of the government's economic team here, he said that 40 industries are linked to the construction sector and promotion of this sector will create job opportunities for the youth.

The Prime Minister said that removal of hurdles in the way of promotion of construction sector is among top priorities of the government.

He also directed to accelerate the process of utilizing government lands for Naya Pakistan Housing project.

National Information Technology Board (NITB) Executive Director Syed Shabahat Ali Shah gave a detailed briefing over the progress on establishment of E-Payment Gateway for electronic payments. Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Chairman Anwar Ali Haider apprised the meeting about the steps taken for promotion of housing sector and the related challenges faced by builders and constructors.

He also gave an update on the progress on utilisation of public land for construction of houses for low-income families.

The Prime Minister also directed his economic team to give incentives to overseas Pakistanis to boost foreign remittances and facilitate banks for a systematic money transfer.

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The prime minister discussed in detail the steps required to boost economic activity, creation of jobs for youth and skilled persons, promotion of housing sector and incentives on foreign remittances.

Imran said that expatriate Pakistanis are an asset of the country and the government was working on a strategy to provide maximum benefit to them to encourage foreign remittances.

Former finance minister Shaukat Tareen and Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari presented proposals on the topic.

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