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SAARC has great potential for progress: Gilani

LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the South Asian Region has great potential for progress, but it needs collective and determined efforts to tap this potential for ensuring development of the region and prosperity of the people. He was inaugurating a day long seminar on Economic Freedom here on Wednesday arranged by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Prime Minister said SAARC is at the cross roads and despite achieving a lot it has to do more for achieving the goal of progress by accelerating the pace of growth and regional integration. He said the SAARC has entered the third decade and has come a long way but much more is needed for the socio-economic uplift of the people and enhancing people to people contact to improve the lives of the people in South Asia.

Mr. Gilani said as SAARC embarked on SAFTA there is a great need for promoting intra-regional trade and the business community has a vital role to play for achieving the goals. He said it is imperative to provide a level playing field to all member states as by doing this Free Trade Agreement between the member states would help usher a new era of development and growth.

He said the government is committed to promote economic freedom and it is determined to play the role of facilitator instead of regulator for the investors. He said Pakistan offers lucrative investment opportunities and a level playing field for the investors and they should get benefit of these opportunities. He said the government is encouraging the private sector to come forward and play its role for economic growth and improvement in the lives of people.-SANA

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