Minister calls for investment in social protection to tackle inequality

ISLAMABAD: Poverty Alleviation and Social Security Minister Shazia Marri said severe flooding in Pakistan has reiterated the need to invest more in social protection and build resilience to tackle inequality in the country. .

The minister made the remarks during a policy dialogue focusing on economic policies for inclusive recovery and development organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), an Islamabad-based think tank, here.

The floods caused heavy human and financial losses in Pakistan, Marri said, adding that the country needed a major change in its macroeconomic policies to streamline the recovery phase.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MP Mehnaz Akbar Aziz stressed the need to enhance people-to-people contact and the local government system in these difficult times.

She said it was imperative to include youth, women, children and minorities in economic policy debates to ensure their inclusion and align them with the real-time needs of people.

It is time to increase investments in the health and education sectors to tackle social and economic inequalities, Aziz added.

“We need to focus on job creation and create fiscal space for entrepreneurship for that purpose,” she said.

Joel C. Hicks