KARACHI: The National Security Division (NSD) has laid out an economic outreach roadmap which will be processed through relevant ministries after assessing their potential, said Special Assi­stant to the Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf on Wednesday.

Addressing at the Fede­ration of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Yusuf — who is also the focal person for the Economic Outreach Progra­mme — said a mapping exercise of ministries and government organisations has been initiated by the NSD which aims to identify Pakistan’s comparative advantage in priority countries, a press release issued by the FPCCI quoted the adviser as saying.

The adviser said the Economic Outreach Programme would engage vast representation of stakeholders while keeping the National Security as the focal point. Laying out the model which would develop Pakistan’s narrative, he also identified various areas of improvement to expand Pakistan’s trade.

Prime Minister Imran Kh­an has initiated this task to develop Pakistan’s narrative and this task will be efficently coordinated with all the ministries to harmonise our stance, the FPCCI press release quoted the adviser as saying.

FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar said Pakistan’s narrative should be supported by all segments to build the country’s image as a moderate and investment friendly destination.

On the Economic Outreach Programme, he highlighted some issues that are affecting country’s industrial growth and economic development. Different industrial policies were introduced by various regimes. “Now an industrial policy should be formulated with an aim to protect the existing industries,” he stressed.

Member of staff, the author is a Political Science alumna from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She keeps an eye out for issues of social justice, censorship and our changing political discourse. She can be reached at rabeeaqamar@thecorrespondent.pk


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