Prime minister takes notice of revision in export numbers


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday took notice of revision of export numbers by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) for the period of August 2017.
Chairing a high level meeting to review trade balance and measures to boost exports, .he instructed that all reports should be duly verified for accuracy before public announcements.
He, however, appreciated that the overall balance of trade has improved in the month of August, 2017.
Ministry for Commerce presented various short term and medium term options to increase exports and contain imports.
The prime minister directed to ensure that no option considered should have a dampening impact on Pakistan’s economic growth rate and development.
The meeting also focused on GSP Plus status and reviewed various measures to expand and deepen exports into the European markets. The prime minister stated that he would like the Pakistani diplomatic missions abroad to serve as economic and trade ambassadors of Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Commerce Parvaiz Malik, Special assistant to the PM on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to PM on Media Affairs Musadik Malik, Special Assistant to PM Ali J. Siddiqui and senior government officials.