Mohammad Nawaz Sharif
I am glad to know that the Planning Commission has accomplished the important task of preparing the Pakistan Vision 2025 document. Having a Vision has been a key ingredient of the development strategy of nations that have accelerated their growth in recent times. I am apprised of the fact that the differentiatingaspect of this Vision is that it is formulated through extensive rounds of consultations with hundreds of experts in different areas and fields, academicians, politicians and above all relevant governments in federating units. The contribution from people across the country and various organizations are incorporatedinto this document to make it a reflection of national aspirations. Vision 2025 will be regarded as a roadmapto a prosperous Pakistan.
I appreciate the quality of the themes chosen for Vision 2025, its futuristic thought processes based upon the diagnosis of the current state of affairs, and an assessment of the potential of the economy and the people and more importantly its focus on the imperatives of nation-building. The Vision looks into the future with feet firmly planted in reality, armed with wisdom and lessons garnered from the past. The emphasis on the challenges in implementation distinguishes this Vision from the perspective of past plans. With continuity, stability and firm commitment to implement the underlying growth strategy, Pakistan could position itself in the top 25 economies of the world by 2025.
Vision 2025 will build upon the sustained efforts made by the Government during the course of the last fourteen months to regain macroeconomic stability and implement wide-ranging reforms. The current security predicament and resultant impact on every aspect of our state, society and economy cannot be tolerated any more. Peace and harmony has to be provided to the society in the quickest possible time and the government has already made a beginning to meet this goal. The underlying growth strategy rightly focuses on the right of the people to the benefits of growth and development, and aligning national priorities to make it more inclusive and sustainable. The least developed and backward areas including Balochistan, FATA, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan are focused on with massive investments in infrastructure, and social services. Pakistan cannot prosper or progress if any part of its area or peoples are left behind in the journey to prosperity.
Vision 2025 is not oblivious of emerging and expected challenges currently faced or likely to be faced by the nation on the socio-economic front. Key challenges include water, energy and food security, a huge infrastructure deficit, issues pertaining to climate change, and leveraging world trade and markets. Pakistan as a passionate nation and with extensive potential of being resilient could take these challenges head-on and has the capability to turn all these challenges into opportunities with commitment, resourcefulness and a sense of responsibility.
I compliment the Vision team for putting more emphasis on knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship as key drivers of future progress. Investment in modern learning including nano technology is instrumental in the creation of core competencies that can provide needed skills and enhance productivity to transform agriculture, industry and the service sector over the coming years. More importantly, the Vision relied upon indigenous resources and self-reliance to steer the economy to a higher growth trajectory and recognized the primacy of the private sector as a key instrument for accelerating growth. The export led growth strategy and the target of $150 billion growth are laudable. Necessary reforms require political will and determination and I am happy that all provincial governments have shown their commitment and inclination to reform for the betterment of the life of the common man.
Vision 2025 remains committed to our basic values of solidarity, harmony, compassion and above all respect for all our fellow citizens. Our institutions will have to enshrine the concept of human dignity which signifies a polity where law is supreme; merit is recognized, women and children are honoured, and the weak and vulnerable are socially and economically protected. The distinguishing feature of this Vision is that it draws inspiration from the founding father Quaid-i-Azam who envisioned Pakistan as a democratic state, a welfare economy and a pluralistic society, where debate and diversity is welcomed. I look at Vision 2025 as a translation of the Quaid's dream in the context of the 21st century.
The Planning Commission under the able leadership of Prof. Ahsan Iqbal deserves to be congratulated for formulating a document which will guide the nation to its rightful place in the comity of nations. In sum, Vision 2025 articulates the entire nation's dream for a peaceful, harmonious, strong and united Pakistan with enormous faith in our destiny; and at the same time it asks the nation to strive to make Pakistan an embodiment of peace, prosperity and progress. This is a national Vision and I urge all Pakistanis to focus their energies and potential in translating the Vision into a reality.
May Allah Almighty be with us in our efforts to make Pakistan a prosperous and successful country. Ameen.