In a powerful address at the Proptech & Smartech Convention 23, Johar Iqbal, President of DEFCLAREA, presented a compelling vision for urban development in Karachi. His speech highlighted the significant role of youth in driving progress and addressed the pressing challenges in the city’s real estate and urban planning sectors.
Mr. Johar Iqbal pointed out the vital role of the younger generation in shaping Pakistan’s future. He mentioned that focusing on youth development is necessary for the country’s progress, as they are the key to innovation and change. He said,
“اگر ہم جوانوں پر توجہ دیتے ہیں تو ملک ترقی کرے گا؛ ورنہ، ہم بوڑھے لوگ، اس نقطے پر ملک کو کامیابی کی طرف نہیں لے جا سکتے۔”
His message highlighted the importance of nurturing and empowering young minds to develop them for the future.
In his speech, Mr. Johar Iqbal talked about the complexities of urban development in Karachi. He highlighted the restrictive regulations and property limitations that creates challenges to the growth and development of the city. He mentioned that when Building Control Authority was formed, karachi generated 65% revenue for Pakistan. 500 maps can be passed, if Punjab is doing 271. This statement sheds light on the bureaucratic hurdles and inefficiencies choking the system.
Concluding his speech, Johar Iqbal made a powerful call to action. He urged leaders and community members to acknowledge and tackle the challenges in urban development head-on. By pointing out Karachi’s iconic structures like the Habib Bank Plaza and the stalled construction projects, he emphasized the need for effective urban planning and development strategies.
To hear all of Mr. Johar Iqbal’s ideas, you can watch his full talk at the Proptech & Smartech Convention here.