Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday had warned that the country may witness more difficult times as it struggles to steer itself out of the ongoing economic crisis.
Pakistan's Federal Minister for Planning made the appeal after the federal budget document for the last fiscal year showed a Rs 13 billion increase in tea imports from the year before that.
Pakistan has faced growing economic challenges, with high inflation, sliding forex reserves, a widening current account deficit and a depreciating currency.
The GDP growth forecast is based on expectations of a reform agenda and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) helps boost economic growth.
Pakistan's increasing dependency on Beijing reflected during Imran Khan's recent visit to China: Report
During his four-day visit to China, Imran Khan attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics and met with the top Chinese leadership.
A key federal minister was reported saying one of the purposes of opening the scheme was to attract rich Afghans, who were moving to Turkey, Malaysia and other countries following the fall of Kabul.
The report points out that real interest rates in Pakistan dropped precipitously during 2020 and remained negative through 2021.
Inflation in Pakistan is on the rise and it has triggered countrywide protests by the Opposition and people.
Imran Khan and Xi Jinping agreed to promote CPEC's green development as a high-quality demonstration of China's Belt and Road Initiative.