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Federal Minister for Planning, Development and National Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that the perception and image of Pakistan at the world level is now being positively improved due the great Pak-China economic partnership.

He was addressing a Pre-budget seminar in Lahore on Sunday.

He said that Pakistan has got a golden opportunity to develop and prosper our economy through the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and we will have to avail this chance. He said that after completion of this Corridor project, Pakistan will be included in the Rising Economies.

He said that as compared to the economic situation in 2013 at the general elections, now country's economy has recovered considerably due successful government policies. And this economic turnaround has been given a positive recognition by all world financial institutions, banks and journals.

Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan had also got opportunities to prosper in 1960's and at start of 1990's but we lost those chances to become a economic tiger, as political destabilization was the major cause behind that. He said that the last year's sit-in and protests had harmed the economic growth of country but now the situation has been recovered.

He said that internal stability and better law and order situation are pre-requisite for economic development and prosperity of any country and these will improve foreign investments in various sectors of Pakistan as well.


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