KARACHI - Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr Shamshad Akhtar on Thursday held meetings with representatives of Pakistan Business Council and Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CEO of Engro Group and top management of National Bank of Pakistan here at NBP head office and discussed various issues related to trade and investment.

The minister assured of her maximum possible support and facilitation to private sector and also sought cooperation from the business community to strengthen the country's economy. The caretaker government would do its best for promoting trade and industry despite having limited time and resources, she added.

She also assured that the amnesty scheme would be implemented in letter and spirit to get its real objectives.

The business community representatives showed their confidence on the caretaker government and hoped that it would take practical decisions on certain issues affecting the economic growth.

President NBP, who led his bank's team in the meeting, told APP that the federal finance minister appreciated the role of National Bank in the country's economy and for other national services. He said the minister remarked that NBP had a sepecial place in the country's economic system. One of its major tasks was to collect revenue for the country and to support the projects of national interest. She directed NBP management to adopt aggressive strategy for modern banking including e-banking and mobile banking. She emphasized that the bank should mobilize and facilitate its customers to bring new investment and to increase exports.

She said trade deficit was a serious issue for the country and the country needs to double its exports to overcome the gap between the exports and imports.