Pakistan to take part in Expo 2020

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ABU DHABI: Pakistan for­mally signed ‘Par­tic­i­pa­tion Con­tract’ with the Dubai Expo 2020 author­i­ties on Sun­day at the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion in Abu Dhabi.

The con­tract was signed by Moaz­zam Ahmed Khan, Am­bas­sador of Pakistan to UAE in his ca­pac­ity as Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral, Expo 2020 and Sul­tan Al Shamsi, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs & In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony was wit­nessed by Reem Al Hashimi, Min­is­ter of State for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and Direc­tor Gen­eral, Dubai Expo2020 and Ab­dul Razak Da­wood, Ad­vi­sor to Prime Min­is­ter on Com­merce, Tex­tile, In­dus­try & Pro­duc­tion and In­vest­ment.

The con­tract sign­ing for­mally kicked started ac­tiv­i­ties for con­struc­tion of Pakistan Pavil­ion in Expo 2020 which would be built on a large sized plot in the Op­por­tu­nity District. The Pavil­ion shall be based on the ‘Emerg­ing Pakistan’ theme, hav­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion from all prov­inces.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ab­dul Razak Da­wood stated that Pakistan at­taches great im­por­tance to its re­la­tions with UAE and that it looks for­ward to mak­ing its par­tic­i­pa­tion most mean­ing­ful in line with the Expo theme of ‘Con­nect­ing Minds, Creat­ing the Fu­ture’. He said that Expo 2020 is not only a UAE spe­cific event but is an ex­po­si­tion of the whole re­gion. We have al­ready started the De­sign phase of the Pakistan Pavil­ion re­flect­ing the true po­ten­tials of Pakistan. The Prime Min­is­ter has con­sti­tuted a high level steer­ing com­mit­tee hav­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion from pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor stake­hold­ers for ef­fec­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The Ad­vi­sor noted that the last month visit of Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan and his meet­ing with His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, set the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion on a new course. Both sides agreed to trans­form this spe­cial re­la­tion­ship into strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. As a fol­low-up of the un­der­stand­ing reached be­tween the lead­er­ship, a 15 mem­ber del­e­ga­tion headed by Sul­tan Bin Ah­mad Sul­tan Al Jabar, Min­is­ter of State and CEO of Abu Dhabi Na­tional Oil Com­pany vis­ited Pakistan to ex­plore the ways and means to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, In­fra­struc­ture, En­ergy, Agri­cul­ture and Petro- chem­i­cals sec­tors. The coun­try will host the Expo 2020 in Dubai with the theme ‘Con­nect­ing Minds, Creat­ing the Fu­ture.’

Top of­fi­cials at the sign­ing cer­e­mony in Abu Dhabi on Sun­day.

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