Pak econ­omy head­ing in right di­rec­tion, says Nawaz

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Thurs­day said Pak­istan's econ­omy was on the right tra­jec­tory and the govern­ment's solid poli­cies would boost the coun­try's eco­nomic con­di­tions.

Talk­ing to me­dia here in the Swiss re­sort city, the Prime Min­is­ter said he would high­light Pak­istan's point of view at var­i­ous ses­sions of World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, where a num­ber of other side­line meet­ings with im­por­tant lead­ers are also part of his sched­ule.

The Prime Min­is­ter ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the meet­ings at the Davos Fo­rum would prove ben­e­fi­cial for Pak­istan for at­tract­ing in­vest­ment in di­verse fields. He said in­ter­ac­tion with the cor­po­rate heads in­ter­ested to in­vest in Pak­istan would also yield pos­i­tive re­sults for the coun­try's econ­omy.

Prime Min­is­ter ar­rived here on Tues­day to rep­re­sent Pak­istan at the 46th an­nual meet­ing of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum. The meet­ing is be­ing at­tended by over 40 heads of state and govern­ment, and 2,500 lead­ers from busi­ness and so­ci­ety.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif here Thurs­day held a tri­lat­eral meet­ing with US Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den and Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani and dis­cussed ef­forts for peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan.

The meet­ing on the side­lines of the 46th World Eco­nomic Fo­rum re­viewed the progress made so far and pon­dered on the way for­ward. US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar and Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Prime Min­is­ter Tariq Fatemi at­tended the meet­ing.

An of­fi­cial state­ment is­sued at the end of the meet­ing said talks were held in a warm and cor­dial at­mos­phere, say­ing, "The par­tic­i­pants re­viewed the peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process in Afghanistan that is be­ing pur­sued on the es­tab­lish­ment of the quadri­lat­eral mech­a­nism that re­sulted from the Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process."

The lead­ers ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the two meet­ings of the quadri­lat­eral con­sul­ta­tive groups held in Kabul and Is­lam­abad. "They agreed to fo­cus on the goal of en­sur­ing peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan which was both in the in­ter­est of Afghanistan and the re­gion." the state­ment said. Vice Pres­i­dent Bi­den and Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani con­demned the Charsada ter­ror at­tack and con­veyed their grief over the loss of pre­cious lives. Both the lead­ers ap­pre­ci­ated the re­solve of Pak­istani na­tion in its war against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism.

Bi­den's meet­ing with Sharif and Ghani at Davos was held to help the two neigh­bours co-op­er­ate and co-or­di­nate on counter-ter­ror­ism mea­sures and kick-start the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process with the Tal­iban, the White House said in an ear­lier state­ment.

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