ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination and President Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Dr Fehmida Mirza hold a meeting with Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen on the video link.
The agenda of the meeting was relief in import duty on sports-related items in the forthcoming Finance Bill.
Secretary IPC and DGPSB were also present in the meeting. “Since the economy is in a better position this year, we want to increase the visibility of sports as we are preparing for the safe Games and the upcoming Olympics, and we need financial support for that. she said.
Mirza said that we want the government to reduce tariffs on sports equipment such as hockey turf, athletic track, and squash glass court in this coming finance bill. In addition, we want certain sports to be exempt from tariffs.
Countries around the world contribute a portion of their taxes to sports. We want the federal government to devise a system to contribute a portion of taxes to the sports fund to support national team players.
Since the national teams represent Pakistan, the federal government should sponsor them. We are developing an elite pool of players to whom the federal government can provide support and funding to represent Pakistan at the international level.
The Federal Minister proposed to include sports in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Our business community has shown interest in sports, she said. Our business community also have representation in the Pakistan Sports Board.
The Finance Minister assured full support of IPC and PSB in the development of sports and related infrastructure. There is a lack of better sports facilities for our youth, he said. As a result, they become involved in social evils. He said Sport is a healthy way to spend time. The federal minister for IPC said the prime minister wanted a sports funding system that would be sustainable in the future.
The Finance Minister endorsed her view and assured his full support to give importance to sports in the forthcoming Finance Bill.
Dr Fehmida Mirza said that this has been a very positive meeting and we are expecting better support from the Ministry of Finance in this Finance Bill.