Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has called upon international partners, civil society and private sector to join hands with Pakistan to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, he expressed Pakistan's commitment to achieve SDGs by 2030.
The Minister said under the banner of revival of economy, the economy pillar focuses on fostering economic growth and stability.
Ahsan Iqbal said under this strategic pillar the ministry has allocated a significant portion of the budget towards the infrastructure development including the construction of transportation networks, power plants and industrial zones.
He said these efforts will attract investments, promote entrepreneurship, and create employment opportunities.
He said government is committed to provide quality education to the youth. He said substantial investments have been made to renovate educational infrastructure. He said 131 percent budget has been increased for Higher Education Commission which shows government's commitment for education.
Ahsan Iqbal said the ministry has also allocated funds for renewable energy projects, waste management, systems for preserving natural resources and water security.
He said a new initiative of green revolution 2.0 has been started to make Pakistan self-sufficient in food.
The Minister said government has allocated a significant portion of budget for social development. He said a new project has been initiated to develop twenty poorest districts of the country.
He said it is unfortunate that democratic governments did not devolved power to the local governments. He said empowering local governments is imperative for democracy and the development of the country.