Sustainable Development Goals Need National Attention

Karachi (PR): Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, President FPCCI, has acknowledged encouraging developments pertaining to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and appreciated focused attention to promote SDGs, keeping in view socially integrated business growth in Pakistan.

In a statement, Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh appreciated the business community’s resolve & endeavors towards SDGs. It is pertinent to note that FPCCI has organized a high-profile, well-attended and impactful seminar on “Community Responsibility & Awareness of SDGs.”

Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh explained that any efforts aimed at social and economic uplift will be futile; if two important demographics are ignored, i.e. Pakistan has a 52 percent population of women & 65 percent of total population is young under the age of 35.

FPCCI Chief has proposed a three-pronged strategy for the swift & sustainable social uplift: (i) federal & provincial governments should not only rely on foreign funding for the projects & start indigenous projects with the help of developmental budgets & private-sector (ii) we should approach international donors – bilateral & multilateral – with transparency and goal-bound projects (iii) Pakistan should empower youth and women to enter job markets, establish Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and incentivize cottage industries.

Engr. M.A. Jabbar, VP FPCCI, emphasized the potential of SDGs and collaborative efforts to meet the SDG No .17 that reads “Partnership for the Goals.” He shared analytical & critical comments with the audience; rendering valuable directions and ensuring support. He added that FPCCI’s apex platform is available for judicious help and support in meeting the efforts being exerted by FPCCI’s Central Standing Committee on SDGs.

Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh appreciated the services of Dr. Mahboob Nizami, Convener of CSC for SDGs; and, expressed his satisfaction that FPCCI is playing its effective role in delivering support to health & education sectors in our country. Moreover, he apprised that the UN SDGs Framework is an absolute necessity for Pakistan to embark on a path of inclusive, well-round and sustainable socioeconomic growth.

Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh stressed that we need to accomplish the much demanding tasks before 2030 in the interest of the people and in the interest of the economy. In this connection, there is a dire need to liaison with national and international organizations committed to health, education and other welfare projects in Pakistan on the humanitarian grounds.

Engr. M. A. Jabbar added that under the aegis of United Nations, keeping abreast with the SDGs, much can be done in Pakistan as there is no dearth of knowledge and field experience; as observed during the presentations given by the experts working on different projects in Pakistan

Brig Iftikhar Opel, SI (M), Retd.

Secretary General