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Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan’s economy has revived and showing positive growth over the past four years.

23 May 2017

Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan’s economy has revived and showing positive growth over the past four years. The economy was struggling with stagnant growth, unsustainable fiscal and external deficits, flagging investment and crippling energy constraints when our government...


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Gwadar would become an international smart port city soon: Ahsan Iqbal

23 May 2017

BEIJING, May 15, 2017: Pakistan and China signed various agreements and memorandum of understandings on making Gwadar a world class modern port city and on leveraging special economic zones to capture the window of opportunity for structural transformation in Pakistan. The signing ceremony was...


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Ahsan Iqbal has refuted news story titled “CPEC Master Plan Revealed”

23 May 2017

Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Professor Ahsan Iqbal has refuted news story titled “CPEC Master Plan Revealed” dated May 15, 2017 published in Dawn news, saying that the article is one sided and factually incorrect, based on strong angling to malign CPEC by promoting fears. ...


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Huawei should open research and development centre in Pakistan: Ahsan Iqbal

23 May 2017

Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Professor Ahsan Iqbal urged Chinese leading IT manufacturer Huawei to open research and development center to support Pakistan information and knowledge revolution. He expressed these views while Inaugurating Huawei Technologies Pakistan 3rd Seeds ...


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Nine industrial zones to be set up under CPEC in 3 years: Ahsan Iqbal

20 April 2017

Islamabad, April 13, 2017: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform, and Ahsan Iqbal has said with ownership of provincial governments, all proposed nine industrial zones under China Pakistan Economic Corridor would be completed in a period of two to three years. He expressed these v...


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Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal addressed at Annual Sports Gala of Imperial International School and College.

20 April 2017

Federal Minister said that Vision 2025 aims to put Pakistan in top 25 economies by 2025. According to recent study published by PWC, Pakistan will be amongst top 20 economies by 2030 and top 10 economies by 2050. He said that with time all the critics are praising our achievements. Ahsan Iqbal ...


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Central Development Working Party (CDWP), approved development projects of worth RS.74.48 billion

20 April 2017

ISLAMABAD: While approving several development projects costing 74.48 billion Rupees, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), chaired by Minister for Planning, Development & Reform and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Ahsan Iqbal, on Tuesday recommended Ecnec to consider approval of 6 ...


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Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal speaking to party workers and youth delegations from Balochistan

20 April 2017

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform, Ahsan Iqbal has stated that world narrative about Pakistan has completely changed with converting CPEC dream into a reality and transformation of Gwadar as a new center of development in the region. “Opponent were terming Pakistan as the mo...


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CPEC offers unprecedented opportunities for Pakistani Business

20 April 2017

Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal addressed at the 1st All Pakistan Chambers and Associations Seminar on CPEC held at Gawadar, Balochistan on 7th April, 2017. Seminar was attended by all the Business & Commerce Chambers of Pakistan, Government Officials, Local Community and Other Major Stakeholders....


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Ahsan Iqbal calls for political stability for growth and development

18 May 2016

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today said that political instability and inconsistency in policies, poor investment in infrastructure, wrong economic policies and disjointed governance cost dearly in the past. We will not let mistakes of the past to be repeated. Pak...


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Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Thursday rejected the Terms of Reference (ToR)s of Opposition parties about Panama Leaks issue and said that the ToRs was not against the corruption.

9 May 2016

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Thursday rejected the Terms of Reference (ToR)s of Opposition parties about Panama Leaks issue and said that the ToRs was not against the corruption. Talking to media at Islamia College University in Peshawar, he said it has become cr...


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Health services: National dashboard launched

23 April 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Health Planning, Systems Strengthening and Information Analysis Unit (HPSIU), a national dashboard which will compile online interactive health information from provincial health departments, was launched on Wednesday by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and...


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Microsoft Launches Pakistan’s first of its Kind Entrepreneurship Platform– Rozgar.Work

23 April 2016

The Rozgar.work platform provides job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, up skilling, job-matching and mentorship – all centred on a free online hub that brings the best resources together in a bold attempt to address unemployment and underemployment. The platform is powered by Microsof...


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Ahsan for adopting modern techniques in research

23 April 2016

islamabad - Convocation 2016 was held at Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), the leading engineering institution of the country, with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal as chief guest.The minister conferred degrees on the successful ca...


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Ahsan Iqbal directs to formulate integrated plan for fast track basis on hydro power projects

21 April 2016

Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal today directed to formulate an integrated plan on hydro power projects to take up their construction work on fast track basis. This integrated plan should consider financial implications as well as demand and supply of power to be pr...


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Pakistan and China sign historic PRSS-1 agreement, takes Sino-Pak friendship higher than stars, says Ahsan Iqbal

21 April 2016

Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) signed a contract for the development and launch of Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) System. Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal and Mr. Yin Limpi...


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First phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by 2018: Ahsan Iqbal

18 April 2016

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today stated, “First phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by 2018 The production of 10,000 MGW of energy under CPEC would help to overcome the energy crisis by 2018 as well as upgrade the existing road ...


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Ahsan Iqbal proposes China-Pakistan business platform for joint production in economic zones

18 April 2016

ISLAMABAD: Planning, Development and Reform Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Friday proposed China-Pakistan business platform for joint production in economic zones under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He also proposed for working out a mechanism for training of Pakistani human resource in ...


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Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Ahsan Iqbal Announced the Poverty Line

18 April 2016

On April 7, 2016 Government of Pakistan announced resetting of poverty line thus settling the debate which was going on since 2008. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Professor Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Finance, Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Dar made the announcement. While explaining the need for...


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Pakistan and China reaffirms their commitment to CPEC in a meeting between Minister Planning & Development and Mr. Zhang Chuxian, member of CPEC

8 April 2016

Pakistan and China today reaffirmed their commitment speedily implementing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which will realize the visions of leadership of both China and Pakistan to take the decades-old geo political relations to geo economic orbit. Federal Minister Planning, D...


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CAREC University will be “university of future”: Ahsan Iqbal

8 April 2016

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today state, “Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) University will be “university of the future” by incorporating world’s best academic models with top faculty recruited through international selection. Work ...


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Pakistan proposes deal with Xinjiang to extend scope of CPEC

8 April 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has proposed to sign a five-year cooperation agreement with China’s western Xinjiang province to extend the scope of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) beyond infrastructure and energy projects to commerce and trade. The CPEC, announced in April last year, is a mo...


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Planning Ministry to be made ideal work-place for women: Ahsan Iqbal

9 March 2016

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday said that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform would be made an ideal work-place for women so that they could contribute effectively in national development. The minister was speaking at a cak...


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Second Governance Forum on Thursday December, 31, 2015

30 November -0001

The Second Governance Forum 2015 will be held on Thursday December 31, 2015, which is being considered as a step forward to create high performance and citizen focused governance, since the forum will review state of reforms, develop innovative solutions and recommend plans for accelerated impl...


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CDWP has approved 17 projects costing Rs20.32 billion, referred six projects worth Rs71.35billion and two position papers valuing at Rs178 billion to the ECNEC

30 November -0001

The Central Development Working Party has approved 17 projects costing Rs20.32 billion, referred six projects worth Rs71.35billion and two position papers valuing at Rs178 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council and gave concept clearance of three projects worth Rs60...


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Pakistan can move to top twenty five econnomies of the world by 2025

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal today said that Pakistan can move to top twenty five econnomies of the world by 2025 with the passion of people of Pakistan and the talent of our youth, which can even take the country in top ten econnomies of the world by 2047. Pak...


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Ahsan Iqbal declares 2016 year of productivity, quality and innovation

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal declared 2016 as the year of Productivity, Quality and Innovation. He said that Pakistan needs average 7-8 percent growth rate in next ten years for sustained economic growth to create job opportunities for the growing youth population...


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31st Annual General Meeting and Conference of PIDE

30 November -0001

The 31st Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (THE PSDE) will begintoday, December 17, 2015, at the Marriott, Islamabad. The theme of the PSDE’s 31st AGM & Conference is “Vision 2025: Effective Strategies for Transformational Growth”. The...


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Curriculum reforms most important initiative for the future of country: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said today that curriculum reforms is the most important initiative for the future of our country and is a collective enterprise of all the provinces and federal government along with stakeholders for completion of this task in next ...


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Pakistan would welcome Italian cooperation in social, economic, education and technological areas: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo called on Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal today. The meeting was held in warm and cordial environment. Various issues pertaining to mutual interests, cooperation and bilateral relations were discussed. They exchan...


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Pakistan values its ties with Tajikistan : Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Tajikitan Aslo Sirojidin Muhridinovich called on Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal. Both sides discussed the matters of mutual interest and agreed to broaden the cooperation in economic, cultural and education sectors. They sa...


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Federal Govt is committed to prioritizing SDGs: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal said federal government is committed prioritizing to SDGs. We have to work closely with the provinces for achieving the targets in the social sector. Federal government envisages human development its first pillar in its development ag...


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CDWP on Wednesday approved 13 projects costingRs13.87 billion

30 November -0001

The Central Development Working Party on Wednesday approved 13 projects costingRs13.87 billion, and referred seven projects worth Rs1414.68billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council. The meeting, chaired by Minister Planning, Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal, ...


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CPEC is a national project: Ahsan Iqbal

30 November -0001

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reform Ashan Iqbal today said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a national project and it would benefit all the provinces as well as three billion people of region. No province or region of the country would be discriminated in ...


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