ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin chaired the second meeting of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) at the Finance Division in Islamabad. The minister highlighted objective of the formation of the Economic Advisory Council, which is the promotion of evidence-based policy formation and reforms with effective consultation and feedback from all important stakeholders. He said that the ultimate goal of these consultative meetings was to spur growth and take it to around 6-7% in a couple of years to make Pakistan a regionally competitive economy. Dr Ishrat Hussain, Adviser on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, introduced the sub-groups and briefly highlighted the most important challenges in respective sectors. He said that increasing the share of direct taxes, energy cost rationalization, focusing on education and health, increasing investment to GDP ratio and reducing the cost of doing business were the top priorities of the government. After brief introduction, the EAC groups gave presentations on inclusive and sustainable growth, housing and construction sector, industry and exports, agriculture, revenue and expenditure, financial sector and debt management, energy, social protection and domestic commerce. The finance minister appreciated the hard work done by the sub-groups in formulating their proposals and directed to form liaison with key stakeholders for obtaining valuable feedback and crystallizing input. He said that the detailed interaction which is taking place at this forum will prove an effective tool for policy making. He also affirmed his support and facilitation for all sub-groups on the occasion. The finance minister especially acknowledged the contribution and ownership provided by the private sector for coming up with innovative ideas that can yield valuable results. The meeting was participated by Minister for Energy, Minister for Industries and Production, Adviser to PM on Commerce, SA PM on Finance and Revenue, SA PM on Ehsaas, SA PM on National Food Security, Chairman BOI, Chairman NPHDA, Chairman SECP, Governor SBP and leading representatives of the private sector which are the notified members of EAC.