ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Income Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Friday assured exporters that the federal government would clear normal gross sales tax (GST) refund claims within the present month whereas export rebate could be given in April.
In a gathering with a delegation of exporters, the adviser expressed the federal government’s resolve to do all the pieces attainable to handle the exporters’ issues and supply them aid with early launch of rebate, obligation disadvantage and GST refund.
“The government has no desire or policy to keep the money that belongs to the exporters even a day longer nor do we find any reason to delay the repayment,” he mentioned, whereas discussing various proposals with the exporters.
He directed the finance secretary and the Federal Board of Income (FBR) chairperson to carry conferences with the related stakeholders and supply aid as a lot as attainable to the exporters.
Shaikh additionally appreciated the choice taken by the All Pakistan Textile Mills Affiliation (Aptma) that it could not lay off workers within the time of disaster and suggested them to maintain their employees as the federal government was caring for them.
Earlier, the exporters mentioned with the finance adviser numerous points that they had been dealing with after the outbreak of coronavirus, the evolving state of affairs of world economies and its impression on the export sector of Pakistan.
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The delegation identified that as a result of pandemic, world economies had gone right into a recessionary section and the demand for his or her merchandise, particularly attire, had dropped by a substantial degree.
Exports, which have proven an enchancment in February and March, are more likely to obtain a setback within the coming months.
In view of the altering place of world commerce, the delegation mentioned that they had been dealing with issues with their money circulate and wanted assist and help from the federal government, primarily by speedy repayments/refunds, in order that they might come out of the disaster and resume enterprise as early as attainable.
The delegation introduced a listing of proposals to the adviser that they believed may assist enhance their liquidity place and run their companies within the present state of affairs after they weren’t anticipating additional orders from the worldwide consumers.
The delegation instructed the adviser that that they had determined to not lay off their daily-wage employees in these tough instances.
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, March 21st, 2020.