ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Friday said that the government was determined to address the issues impeding the growth of trade and industry in the country. Addressing an interactive session with the representatives of FPCCI and all the provincial chambers of commerce and industry at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said that trade and industry was the engine of economic growth and the government was making all out efforts to promote them. The meeting was part of interactions made by the President with entrepreneurs, industrialists, businessman and chambers to hear their views on streamlining the bottlenecks in the growth of commerce and industry in the country and for the over-all economic development. Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf, Minister for Industries Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo and Secretary General Salman Farouqi also attended the meeting. The representatives of the FPCCI and presidents of the provincial chambers were led by President FPCCI Sultan Ahmad Chawla. Presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar informed the media that the business community made recommendations in the areas of doubling exports within three years, increasing the inflow of foreign remittances from abroad, seeking greater access to foreign markets instead of relying on aid and loans, strengthening public-private partnership, revisiting the monetary policy, increasing revenue earnings and reviving the textile and pharmaceutical sector. The representatives of the business community also lauded the government for fighting the militants, which, they said, was essential for restoring the confidence of the local and foreign investors. They also welcomed the decision to have such meetings before the budget so that the views of business community were also taken into account during the formulation of budgetary proposals, the spokesperson added. President Zardari on the occasion said that the government had focused attention on access to markets and early implementation of the Reconstruction Opportunities Zones (ROZs) so as to revitalise national industry and create job opportunities. He said that Pakistans economy had suffered seriously due to war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union and subsequently due to spread of militancy in the country. He said that Pakistan could have achieved an export target of 80 billion dollars if its economy had not been battered during the last 3 decades by these factors, Farhatullah Babar further said. The President said that public-private partnership was an essential element of the government policy, under which the employees and local people would be made shareholders in the large-scale public-sector projects in their areas. The President said that the Alaskan model of development had proved very successful in many countries and there was no reason why it should not succeed in Pakistan. He further said that the foreign remittances through banking channels could be increased by offering incentives and rebates to the remitters in Pakistani rupee in exchange for dollar remittance. The President said that he would forward the proposals of the business community to the government for consideration. President of the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr Shehla Javed Akram, on the occasion, highlighted the problems faced by Pharmaceutical Industry. The President directed the Ministers of Health, Industry and Finance to hold a meeting with representatives of the pharma industry and submit their recommendations.