ISLAMABAD (News Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said the economy has stabilised and the government will now work on creating jobs for the youth. The prime minister said this while addressing the agreement signing ceremony between a Chinese tyre manufacturing company and the government. Under the agreement the tyre manufacturing company will set up a production plant in Pakistan. In his address, PM Imran said that when his government took over the economy was in a very bad shape. The prime minister said that the rupee’s value has increased against the dollar in the last three months, and the country’s exports were also on the rise. He also congratulated his team on the stabilisation of the rupee. The prime minister further said that the economy has stabilised and the country will now progress. “The most positive outcome is that the IMF, World Bank and ADB themselves said that Pakistan is on the right direction,” he said. While commenting on the ties with China, PM Imran said that China is helping Pakistan in every possible way. He added that Pakistan also wishes to help Chinese investors. He added that now tyres will be manufactured in Pakistan and will no longer be smuggled. “This will benefit the country in two ways. Firstly, we won’t have to import tyres. Secondly our exports will increase which will decrease our current account deficit and reduce the inflation,” he added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said now that his economic team had “stabilised the economy”, the government is focusing on creating job opportunities and facilitating investors. Speaking at Sino-Pak Tire Manufacturing Joint Venture Signing Ceremony, the prime minister said that the government’s “next challenge” was to provide jobs to the people and, in order to create employment opportunities, the country needs investors to invest money. “As investments increase […] and people get jobs, we believe that our economy’s growth rate will be higher than [what has been] predicted,” he told attendees. The prime minister said that the government was focusing on the development of the construction sector and was also making efforts to facilitate foreign investors. He pointed out that Pakistan had climbed 28 spots on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index. “This is a now a daily struggle for my office, Board of Investment and Ministry of Commerce that we increase our exports and bring in investors in order to [improve] our country.” Lauding the joint venture between automobile firms in Pakistan and China, Prime Minister Imran said that he was happy that tyres, which were previously being smuggled, will now be manufactured in the country, increasing exports. “Our foreign exchange will increase with the export of goods,” he said. “The biggest crisis we keep facing is that our current account deficit [keeps increasing]. “Rupee is pressurised due to [current account] deficit and when the [value] of rupee falls, inflation rises,” he said. “Our policy now is to focus on [increasing] exports. And our exports are increasing by the grace of God and we have reduced imports in order to reduce current account deficit.” He said that the economy was moving in the “right direction”, adding that his administration was focusing on creating job opportunities for people and facilitating investors. The prime minister said that relations between China and Pakistan were “better than ever before” and Beijing’s top leadership was taking an interest in initiating joint ventures. Therefore, the prime minister said, it was imperative that the government “makes it easier for [Chinese companies] to enter [Pakistani] market”. “I congratulate my economic team for stabilising the rupee. We are not spending our foreign exchange in order to [artificially] stabilise the rupee. It is now being valued at its market rate and over the past three months, it has gained [value]. “This is a very good sign because it means that the market’s sentiment is now positive. Market believes that Pakistan’s economy is now stable and will grow. This is also being reflected by the stock exchange.” Shortly before the prime minister made the remarks, the Pakistan Stock Exchange had closed on a positive note at 400 points at lunchtime. The premier said that Pakistan’s progress had also been endorsed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. In a meeting with the government team last week, the IMF delegation had acknowledged that Pakistan had achieved all targets set for September.