IPOH: The first focus group on the 2013 Budget will meet on Wednesday to discuss 16 topics including macroeconomic, sectoral and social issues, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said.
The discussions, themed “New Initiatives in Enhancing Private Investment” involving representatives from business and non-governmental organisations, would centre around 84 memorandums received by the ministry on 20 macroeconomic, 49 sectoral and 15 social aspects, he said after launching the 1Malaysia Library programme.
Ahmad Husni said the issues included boosting domestic demand through raising incomes, policy formulation, meeting the needs of target groups, enhancing the efficiency of Islamic finance, improving syariah education, strengthening social cohesion, and youths.
“The deliberations are aimed at resolving issues in private investment, human resources development and competitiveness,” he said.
Ahmad Husni said the first session, lasting about two months, would be followed by meetings with academics, professional bodies, think thanks and the mass media. — Bernama
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