The Assets Declaration Scheme was suggested by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Thursday to cash in windfall cryptocurrency earnings.
The suggestion was presented at the national chambers and associations consultative conference on a national economic strategy for the growth of Pakistan’s economy.
The National Finance Commission (NFC) and Provincial Finance Commission (PFC) Awards should be announced on a regular basis, according to the FPCCI, which also proposed converting contemporary digital assets like cryptocurrencies into national assets.
On Thursday, the conference was conducted in the FPCCI office in this city.
The conference urged that the government strictly forgo all political-motivated spending, including unintended subsidies, unfair tax breaks, and arbitrary hiring.
By implementing pension reforms, restructuring/privatizing SOEs, reducing subsidies, etc., the management of public expenditures will be improved. When inflation is less than 8%, a higher weight should be placed on long-term debt instruments, and vice versa, to guarantee responsible debt management.
The tax regime will be made simpler by expanding the tax base, reducing the number of taxes, and progressively lowering the corporation tax rate to 25%.
In accordance with the presentation given by the FPCCI at the national consultative conference, Pakistan has been experiencing its worst economic conditions over the past 7-8 months. Foreign reserves are steadily declining and have reached historic lows of about US$ 6 billion. The industries are in danger of collapsing. As a result of the paucity of raw materials, exports are falling.
Multinational corporations are closing their manufacturing facilities in Pakistan as a result of a lack of raw resources. Recent instances include two automakers closing their operations, which increased unemployment in the nation. However, inflation has also gotten out of control.
Pakistani bonds are unable to draw interest from international markets as a result of the trust deficit. The remittance data indicates a tendency toward decline. Pakistan has been ranked as South Asia’s second-most expensive nation.
In addition, Pakistan’s position was downgraded by the credit rating agencies from “Stable” to “Negative,” which made it harder for Pakistan to obtain fresh loans.
The FPCCI, Pakistan’s top trade organisation, firmly believes that all economic matters should be handled by consensus, with trade organisations serving as key stakeholders.
The conference gathered input on the formulation of a national agenda in an effort to clear the way for the creation of an economic charter that will stabilise the economy and maybe give it a significant boost.
According to the FPCCI, the governments’ lack of a clearly defined plan has prevented them from freeing the nation from the threat of long-term foreign debt. Due to different masons and dubious tactics used by succeeding governments, the output of our agricultural and industrial sectors has also fallen short of expectations.
After 70 years, we are still unsure of how much money should be spent on infrastructure development, human development, or foreign direct investment. We also don’t know whether to prioritise domestic or foreign direct investment, nationalised or privatised economies, direct or indirect taxes, agricultural or industrial economies, or foreign loans.
These issues can only be resolved when the nation’s political and economic leaders come together with the greatest economic model and strategy to help the nation escape the current economic crisis.
Consistency in monetary policy shall be ensured under the heading of Public Finance Management and Monetary Policy by making Interest rate modifications less frequent. A Pakistani Competitive Commission that is active and efficient (CCP). Executive vigilance against hoardings and other price manipulation malpractices as well as an efficient price control judiciary system.
As the debt burden rises as a result of increased interest rates and easier access to financing for private businesses and SMEs, the effectiveness of policy rate modification as a tool for limiting inflation must be evaluated.
Foreign Exchange Management has found it impossible to make trade or investment decisions under the current system of erratic, speculative exchange rates. The government will adopt a method for the periodic valuation of local currency based on REER and implement a managed float exchange rate regime. To prevent the outflow of valuable foreign currency, procedures for controlling foreign exchange must be taken.
Good implementation of the national food security policy necessitates effective coordination between provincial and federal institutions, according to the National Food Security & Agriculture Sector Sustainability.
The crucial task of managing the food inventory should be carried out digitally, with the help of the domestic private sector, who should also actively participate in creating adequate storage facilities through prompt market interventions.
Increasing Productivity and Profitability in the Agriculture Sector
This needs to be accomplished by bringing the farming community online through the use of intelligent applications that raise awareness of better farming techniques. By having access to financing for investments in farm-market infrastructure, processing and storage facilities, export marketing support from TDAP, and the evolving digital platforms, the horticulture sector will be helped to realise its full potential.
To restore the nation to a level of safe water availability, the federal government shall coordinate the provincial implementation of the National Water Policy, according to the FPCCI.