ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Senator Nauman Wazir on Thursday said that we are ready and willing to build consensus on ‘Charter of Economy’ to put country on the path of sustainable drowth and development. He was speaking at the 3rd day dinner plenary titled “Charter of Economy: Away Forward” of 21st Sustainable Development Conference held under the auspices of Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad.
Senator Nauman Wazir said that it is responsibility of all political parties to reduce the political temperature and create conducive environment to generate consensus on issues around economy in a peaceful environment. He said that we have to protect our interest when negotiating with china, adding that his party will achieve growth through domestic resources mobilization, not through loans.
Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Former Federal Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs said that We can agree on fundamental of charter of economy and differences on 8th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award has to be tackled through consensus. He said that we must evolve consensus, otherwise, the economy would never be corrected amid such polarized political scenario. Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian’s (PPP-P) Senator Rubina Khalid said that we should learn from the mistakes of the past and should move forward. Also we need to take our people on board in order to build consensus on issues of economy and public interest. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said that PTI has to give due respect to the parliament in order to strengthen it and to discuss and build consensus on core issues of the Charter of Economy.
Earlier, speaking at an afternoon session titled: Knowledge and technology transfer under CPEC, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, SDPI Executive Director, called upon the government to devise new industrial policies framework to cope with Chinese model of innovation.
Afrasiab Ahsan Nawab, Head of Business Development, ACCA, said China is a new doorway and a largest growing market, therefore Pakistan needs to redesign its policies in connection with import duty.
Ms Pro Tao Yitao, Vice-Secretary of PCP Committee, Shenzen University, highlighted the Chinese industrial upgrading process through labour intensive, capital intensive and then technology intensive industry. She said federal and local governments should have more effective policies for technology transfer under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Dr Safdar Sohail, Director-General, National Institute of Management, stressed the need for effective Foreign Direct Investment mechanism for technology transfer by increasing exports.
Dr Athar Osama, Founding Director, Pakistan Innovation Foundation, emphasized the need to have human interactions and joint ventures so that Chinese innovation model can get benefit out of it.
Speaking at a session titled: Pakistan’s Shared Water Resources: Time for Solutions, SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said food production, distribution, availability, accessibility, utilization and stability are affected by water involved in the agricultural sector. Therefore, agricultural water metering should be taken into account.
About effective water management in the production systems, Mr. Waqar Ahmed from Nestle Pakistan, remarked that Nestle is working hard to reduce its dependence on groundwater. He called for collective action by civil society, academia and policy makers to improve the availability of water in Pakistan.
Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed from University of Wah said Environmental Protection Agency (EDA), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Capital Development Authority (CDA) and authorities controlling water supply are responsible for the ailing quality of water in twin cities. He proposed substantial water polices so that excessive water pumping can be controlled. He suggested to dig wells around the fault lines to ensure water recharge in the region.
Ghazala Mansuri from World Bank, Washington DC highlighted the lack of investments made in sanitation sector, which led to inadequate infrastructure at the household level. She suggested introducing chlorination of domestic waste water so that it can be recollected and reused.
Simi Kamal from Hissar Foundation emphasized to launch projects related to salinity and sedimentation of water. She also suggested to design media campaigns to promote water conservation and water rights across the country.
Speaking at a session titled: Creating shared value – private financing for the sustainable development goals, Dr Shamshad Akhter said it is important to recognize that things are changing for SDGs but the change is very slow. To overcome this change, she said, we have to work very strongly on domestic resource mobilization and expert financing.
Dr Naeem-ul-Zafar, Chief Economist of the Sindh government stressed upon the fact that no doubt finance is very important in developing sustainable development goals but the crucial thing is to know the multisector nature, impact of the strategy produced and the capability to overcome any challenges. Mr Hamid Masood from GIZ talked about the current conditions of Kasur and challenge for giving Kasur clean water. Mr Alejandro Manriquez from Brazil highlighted some of the aspects of the 2030 Mexican agenda.
Mr Fuad Hashimi, Executive Director, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business talked about private financing of the SDGs. Ms Shazia Amjad, Executive Director of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, Ms Komal Shakil from GIZ, Dr Ambreen Waheed from Responsible Business Initiative, Lahore and Mr Bernhard from GIZ LoGo were also present.
Speaking at a session titled: Strengthening Voices of Minorities: Countering Hate and Violence, Deputy Head of EU delegation to Pakistan, Ms Anne Marchal said equal citizenship is an important aspect of sustainable development. Discussing the raising problems of geopolitical situation that has resulted in the immense increase in migrations, she said these migrations have increased the percentage of minorities in the EU.
Ms Ayesha Salman, an author from UK, made a statement that talking about gender intolerance is indistinguishably talking about a mentality. She said “we shake our belief system because denying transgender is like denying humanity.
Ms Sadia Bokhari from SDPI stressed the need for de-radicalization of the society in all spheres.