PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor had enhanced the strategic importance of the province and that the federal government should meet the needs for the province’s socioeconomic and infrastructure development.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a job fair jointly organised by the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company here on Tuesday.
SCCI president Haji Mohammad Afzal, Job Fair chairman Adeel Rauf and Nabeel Asghar, TUSCEC also spoke on the occasion.
Fifty entrepreneurs arranged and conducted on-spot interviews of youths.
The organisers said around 4,000 job opportunities were expected to be provided to the skilled youths during the event.
The CM said the future of the province was bright as the situation for investment was favourable and that investors preferred to put money here and thus, creating massive job opportunities.
He said lack of employment CM opens job fair jointly organised by SCCI, TUSDC opportunities was a great problem of the province and that low industrialisation and lack of vision on part of previous rulers were to blame for it.
Mr. Khattak said the province’s poor law and order situation in the past had badly affected industrialisation forcing industrialists to leave the province.
He however said the situation had absolutely changed attracting investors to the province due to the solid steps taken by the provincial government for the promotion of industrial sector.
The CM underlined the need for uniform development of all areas of the country as backwardness of some areas could cause a sense of deprivation.
He said the provincial government was focusing on equal development of all areas of the province to ensure uniform development.
Highlighting the strategy of the provincial government for the promotion of industrial sector, Mr. Khattak said Tevta was established to make training institution effective, while the government was taking steps with the collaboration of different organisations for provision of quality training to the youth.
He appealed to industrialists to come forward and assist the government in this regard.
The CM said the government was giving due importance to the private sector for promotion of industries and that was why incentives were extended to investors.
“The future of the province is very bright in the context of the CPEC project,” he said.
Mr. Khattak said the western route of the proposed CPEC would be the shortest due to which economic activities would flourish in the province compared to other provinces.
He underlined the need for long-term and effective planning to benefit from the opportunities to be provided by the CPEC project in the area.
Mr. Khattak said KP was previously considered unfeasible for industrialisation due to location away from the sea, lack of raw material and absence of skilled manpower.
“Now situation has absolutely changed and the province has become a feasible place for industrialisation due to the steps taken by the government,” he claimed.
The CM said apart from five percent concession on interest, incentives for transportation of machinery and women entrepreneurs, the condition of NOC for establishment of industrial units had been abolished in the province.
He said the government was focusing on the improvement of institutions and therefore, the EZDMC had been formed to ensure participation of the private sector to promote industrial sector.The CM underlined the need for solid steps to reverse the brain drain from the province.
He promised all-out support to investors in the province.
Earlier, the fair organisers briefed participants about the event and lauded pro-investment steps of the government and announced that on-job training would be provided to youths in the province to strengthen local economy.