PM lauds overseas Pakistanis for contributing to country’s economy

Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Thursday has lauded the contribution of overseas Pakistanis in uplifting the country’s economy.

He was addressing the launching ceremony of Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme for overseas Pakistanis in Islamabad on Thursday evening to reward overseas Pakistanis points against the remittances they send through the legal channels.

Imran Khan said nine million overseas Pakistanis are immensely contributing to the country’s economy. He said government appreciates their role in bridging the gap between exports and imports of the country. He said we are determined to extend all possible facilitation to overseas Pakistan to encourage them to send their money through banking channels. He said overseas Pakistanis can now buy houses and invest in real estate through Roshan Digital initiative.

The Prime Minister said the government is working on a plan to give overseas Pakistanis concession in taxes as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Adviser said this programme is a thanksgiving to overseas Pakistanis. He said earlier banks were rewarded for bringing remittances to the country but for the first time, overseas Pakistanis will get benefits by scoring points in the APP.

The Adviser said the gap between our exports and imports is bridged by our Pakistanis living abroad.

Governor State Bank Reza Baqir in his remarks said the purpose of this scheme is to incentivize overseas Pakistanis using a digital application.

He said the government is taking steps to strengthen the economy and this programme is one of them.

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