Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, National Reforms and Development, was the Chief Guest on the 11th UMT Convocation 2015. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Convocation Day is important for the students and their parents. It gives a passport for entry into the real world but it must not be forgotten that this success is owed to the parents whose blessings have made this possible.
Sharing his vision for the future, the Minister said that today many people tell us that Pakistan is beset with too many problems – there is nothing right here but the truth is that we are no different from any other developing country in the world. We are only passing through some stages in development. The important thing is that you have to believe in your goals, people will resist you but your perseverance will prevail in the end. In 1986 for example, in a special gathering of thinkers and experts, most people predicted gloom. On the contrary, Pakistan was leading development in South Asia in 1990.
The Minister said that a progressive nation shares a positive outlook. Advising the present generation, he said that your self confidence and positive approach will determine success. Today, you are stepping forth in a world of globalization and competition. The youth of Lahore won’t be competing with their peers in Karachi or Quetta. Rather, the youth of Pakistan have to be competitive with those in the rest of the world. He urged the graduates to think in a global perspective. Knowledge and information implosion is growing exponentially. The best approach is to upgrade your degrees through lifelong learning.
Concluding his address, Ahsan Iqbal said that the government’s vision for 2025 is to take the Pakistani economy within the top 25 economies of the world. The vision for 2047, exactly 100 years after independence, must be to lead Pakistan among the top 10 economies of the world. This, he said, can be achieved if the present generation learns to ‘work harder, better and smarter.’