ISLAMABAD  - The Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) here on Friday published its annual progress report, highlighting its various collaborations with the prominent stakeholders of Pakistan's economy and the impact and achievements of its interventions. According to the CSF annual report, last year was a productive period in which CSF carried out various new endeavours and initiatives to boost the economic development of Pakistan. "As a result of CSF interventions, the new government has embraced competitiveness as the continued cornerstone of economic growth and has responded encouragingly to the information on the pillars of competitiveness provided by CSF through its Executive Opinion Survey (EOS) and the State of Pakistan's Competitiveness Report," CSF Chief Executive Officer Arhur Bayhan said. The CSF annual report reflects efforts ranging from the macro-economy, including policy environment to specific private sector issues. The results have been measurable in terms of the fiscal and budgetary allocations made by the Government. For each of the policy analysis and studies that CSF has undertaken (e.g., Investment Strategy, Policy, Special Economic Zones, Food Processing, Horticulture, Fisheries, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Motorcycles), the government has responded to the suggestions by making budget provisions and policy changes that will facilitate these sectors in realizing their competitive potential. During the year CSF helped to establish a Prime Ministerial Committee on Fisheries, a Ministerial Task Force for Horticulture Finance, reducing import duties for and providing R&D support to the motorcycle industry, restructured the Board of Investment, assisted PEMRA to change its licensing requirements and established a National Investor Council-all significant achievements within the most important economic sectors. The approach and methodology developed by CSF for the Executive Opinion Survey has also been adopted by the World Economic Forum for use in all its member countries, which is another remarkable achievement for CSF on a global scale. One of CSF's most successful efforts has been its Communication and Outreach strategy, through which it has successfully attracted the media's attention to competitiveness. One of innovative programmes to improve the national reporting and analysis on economic issues is the Stanford University Innovative Journalism Program. This programme has set a standard for increasing the awareness of journalists to the issues that arise in competitiveness with articles published internationally in Fortune Magazine and on CNET News. During the year CSF also contributed a section to the core Poverty Reduction Strategy that provides the basis of the government's approach to linking poverty reduction to the economic growth. CSF is also supporting Pakistan's goal of a more competitive economy by providing a Business Incubator/Matching Grants facility, which focuses on developing grant based projects for up-gradation of economic competitiveness at a micro level. This is done through providing financial assistance through a grant to support developing a knowledge-based enterprise sector in Pakistan. This initiative is expected to bring in a new investment of more than US$10.5 million for a total project cost of US$ 2.8 million. More than 90 new business and enterprises are expected to emerge from this initiative, creating more than 11,500 jobs in Pakistan.