Jobs, exports, and production are all harmed by power sector: Mian Zahid Hussain

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Chairman of National Business Group Pakistan, President of Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum, and All Karachi Industrial Alliance, and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain said on Friday that expensive electricity has become a problem for the people and a punishment for the industry. “The consumption of electricity in the public and industrial sectors is continuously decreasing but regardless of consumption, the government has to pay capacity payments to power producers, increasing the losses of this inefficient sector while reducing production,” he said.

Speaking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that if electricity rates are not reduced production, exports, employment, and income will be adversely affected.

He said that the most important electricity sector has become a national issue due to incompetence, corruption, and failed experiments.

The losses in this sector run to trillions of rupees but are not reformed as required while the policy of continuous rate hikes is ruining the economy.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that Pakistan has not been able to compete with its rival countries in the international market because the electricity in these countries is very cheap compared to Pakistan.

The foreign customers of Pakistani companies are not ready to bear the burden of our dysfunctional power sector.

Mian Zahid Hussain further said that the local industry does not have to compete in the export market, but after inflation of up to 40 percent, the people are not left with money to buy anything except food, so the industrial sector is also affected.

He informed that due to the decline in local demand, the industrial sector has been forced to reduce its production, which has also drastically reduced the consumption of electricity and gas, and the entire burden of these wrong policies will be put on the people, making their condition even thinner.

Millions will be unemployed due to reduced production of industries making goods for the local and foreign markets while the losses of the power sector will continue to jump.

He said that incentives should be considered so that the full capacity of power plants can be utilized which is necessary to boost the economy.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that textile exports have decreased by 6.50 percent in the first five months of this year and a further decrease is expected. In the first five months of this year, the exports of the textile group were 6.883 billion dollars, which was 7.361 billion dollars during the same five months last year. In November, textile exports decreased by 8.26% which is disturbing.

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