PM gives go ahead to five-year trade policy, says Dawood

Sandra Loyd

–PM assistant says brand-new policy will concentrate on worth-added sectors

— Says govt to concentrate on engineering, chemical sectors rather of fabrics

ISLAMABAD: The federal government is going to make basic changes in trade policies following the approval of the five-year Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) by Prime Minister Imran Khan, stated PM’s Advisor on Commerce Razak Dawood.

The PM assistant stated the brand-new policy will cover 26 sectors and the federal government will offer a reward to the worth-added sectors. He stated the present typical task downside is 3 percent which will be customized for some standard sectors, such as engineering, pharmaceutical, auto parts, processed food and drinks, shoes, gems, chemicals, meat and poultry, veggies and fruits, seafood and marble.

Under the brand-new framework, the federal government has actually repaired the export target at $26 billion in 2021, $31 bn in 2022, $35 bn in 2023, $40 bn in 2024, and $46 bn in 2025.

Discussing the stockpile of 17 percent sales tax refunds, he stated the federal government cleared a stockpile of tax refunds that was pending given that 2009 and it would likewise take steps to deal with the concern of pending fees soon.

He stated Financing Advisor Hafeez Sheikh, State Bank of Pakistan Guv Reza Baqir and himself will fulfill on Friday to chalk out a system to transfer sales tax refunds subject to the State Bank of Pakistan in order to ensure fast payment of refunds to the exporters.

At present, the Federal Board of Income (FBR) handles task downside and sales tax refunds whereas the Ministry of Commerce handle Disadvantage of Regional Taxes and Levies (DLTL). These topics will be moved to the State Bank of Pakistan under the brand-new trade policy framework.

He stated that there was anti-export predisposition in the nation, including that there was no culture of additional charges, taxes and levies where export culture existed. The downside has actually not been modified for the last 8 years, he added.

He pointed out that the rewards on task downside will not be offered for the fabric sector. “We have not witnessed growth in the textile sector,” he stated, including that the federal government will have to move far from the fabric sector.

The global fabric volume amounted to $837 bn whereas engineering and chemicals had $2 trillion volume each, he added.

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