President of Pakistan: Mamnoon Hussain
"The Planning Commission has clearly deviated from the past tradition of just preparing a plan without worrying about the implementation. The Vision instead encompasses a roadmap and an implementation strategy for Pakistan in the next one decade or so in their document Pakistan Vision 2025. The document is a reflection of the aspirations and potential of our people in an inhospitable global and challenging domestic environment".
The seven pillars of Vision 2025 are based on the imperatives of embracing change and transformation, and to create new opportunities based on our innate strengths. Pakistan's untapped potential provides room for optimism that Pakistan could emerge as a great nation and economic power if resources are generated, managed and used efficiently.
I am confident that this Vision and the subsequent strategy will lay down the foundations of a prosperous, just and harmonious society much before 2025. While going through the document, one can realize that managing the 7th most populous country of the world is a gigantic task but managing it during transition amidst internal and external challenges is even more demanding. I have full faith in the capabilities of my nation and in its ability to manage these challenges. I am glad to know that Vision 2025 acknowledges the forces of technology and knowledge which have entirely changed the way we conduct transactions, interact with each other, create value, and generate business.
The Vision also highlights the imbalance between economic development and social development, and suggests policies for improving the socioeconomic indicators of the country. The turnaround from the current state of affairs in most social development indicators including population welfare, poverty, gender mainstreaming, literacy, school enrolment, immunization coverage and access to potable water is promised by investing more in human and social development
Vision 2025 recognizes the people of Pakistan as our greatest asset and tries to leverage their strengths for growth and development. The demographics of Pakistan with nearly 110 million people below the age of 30 presents a unique opportunity which we cannot afford to fritter away. Our leading priority will be to tap their latent energies and potential skills, in making them effective managers of change for tomorrow.
Vision 2025 correctly emphasises Pakistan's locational advantage in leveraging the development of multiple corridors of regional cooperation, involving energy, industry, trade and transportation. I am glad that Vision 2025 reflects the dreams of our growing numbers of educated and assertive young people. They are agents of change and their passion is the best guarantee we have of achieving the objectives of the Vision