Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - Karachi Federal Minister of Planning and Development, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Monday assured that he will lobby for inclusion of philanthropists in the category of the highest civil awards being conferred by the President of Pakistan.
�I will recommend to the Government that philanthropists should also be given the Presidential Civil Awards from the next year,� he reaffirmed while addressing at the launch of two survey reports on philanthropy in the country by Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) here.
The Minister, on this occasion, also presented corporate philanthropy awards to top five companies for the year 2013 and 2014. These awards were given to recognize the highest contribution of the companies in the philanthropic activities in the country. These included Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Lucky Cement Limited (LCL) and Engro Corporations.
He appreciated the corporate sector�s contribution towards philanthropy and expected more companies would come up to fulfil their corporate social responsibilities (CSRs).
The Federal Minister for Planning and Development emphasized on institutional framework for harnessing the spirit of philanthropy being done by individuals at very large scale; especially in education and health sectors since the very first day of Pakistan becoming an independent state. The Government would take all possible steps in this regard. Pakistanis have inherited spirit of philanthropy and they do spend hundreds of billions of rupees every year on philanthropy. Most of this remains unrecorded.
He noted that corporate sector has two kind of capitals�financial capital and Management capital. Management capital is needed for development/upgradation of social sector faculties in the public sector. � Corporate sector should also do philanthropy by donating top managers for improving social sector. We would take advantage of the great management leaders in private sector,� he said.
He also acknowledges the leading role of private sector in the national economy and said it is the private sector that can provide most of the jobs. The government, however, can provide essential services and incentives to the private sector for its growth and for creating maximum jobs there. He said that most of the public sector organisations/institutions had lost their capacity over the period of non-democratic rule. He sought cooperation from the private sector to help build the capacity of these. �
Please, become the agents of the change,� he requested.�APP