ISLAMABAD - Industrialists expressing concerns over unnecessary delay on part of the government in announcing the new Industrial Policy have urged the govt to expedite the process and give them a clear direction for future. They expressed these concerns at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) meeting saying it was expected that a policy would be announced in March this year envisaging measures for revival of different industries, but still no visible progress was in sight. They demanded that the new industrial policy should focus on advancing the overall objectives of developing the manufacturing sector to drive economy towards higher growth rates and generate employment opportunities. Zahid Maqbool, President ICCI said The policy should enable and facilitate the private sector and encourage public-private partnership business models while priority should be given to developing industrial clusters keeping in view the comparative advantages of different areas. He said that the promotion of cottage industry was the need of the hour for elimination of unemployment and development and prosperity of the country. There are vast opportunities for promotion of engineering, handicrafts and other small industries in the country and the government should evolve a comprehensive programme for this purpose, he further said. Industrialists said that the new policy should address all those issues including energy crisis that are hampering the growth of industrial sector. They said more industrial zones and parks should be established in the country to accelerate the process of industrialization in the country.