Islamabad: Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) President, Businessmen Panel of FPCCI Senior Vice Chairman, and former Provincial Minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Saturday said government should plan cottage industrial zones along CPEC to improve productivity, exports and employment. Steps from promotion of SMEs and cottage industry can reduce poverty and bailout country from the economic problems, he said. Mian Zahid Hussain said that majority of the population comprise of women, therefore, they should be included in the national mainstream to ensure rapid progress. Cottage industry, small traders and women entrepreneurs should be given more attention to ensure rapid development, he said adding that cottage industrial zones must be established across the country and along CPEC. He informed that that over ninety-six per cent businesses fall in the category of cottage industry and small businesses but this sector is neglected which is not in line with the national economic interests.


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