Pakistan seeking trade, not aid: Gilani

Pakistan seeking trade, not aid: Gilani

Islamabad : Pakistan | Jun 09, 2010 at 8:02 AM PDT
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday said Pakistan wants to have trading partnerships with the developed world to expand its trade potential.

Talking to British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell here at the PM House, he said his country wants to explore opportunities for greater access to Pakistani goods in the EU markets.

Gilani mentioned his recent meetings with European Union leaders and said Pakistan wants trade rather than aid to strengthen its economy that has been hit badly because of Pakistan’s role as a frontline state in the war against terror.

He said it has become more important in the wake of global recession as it has created constraints both for donors and the recipient countries.

The Prime Minister said winning hearts and minds of people was important to defeat terrorism and extremism. He said it was important to accord priority to the reconstruction of militancy affected areas urgently, besides investing in social sectors particularly in education, health and employment creation.

The Prime Minister said time was of essence and any delay to address the root causes of extremism and militancy would be detrimental to the joint cause of eliminating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that UK’s five year CAP of US$ 1.2 billion for 2008-2013 would help Pakistan fight poverty, improve governance, sustained growth and achieve targets of the Millennium Development Goals.

He said he was looking forward for greater interaction with British leadership during the forthcoming Summit meeting on Millennium Development Goals.
Andrew Mitchell, British Secretary of State for International Development said that UK would do everything to help Pakistan in its efforts to eradicate poverty and literacy.

He assured that UK would make its contribution towards the development of FATA and other militancy affected areas. He said the purpose of his visit was to underline the spirit of partnership with Pakistan.

He assured that UK would continue to support Pakistan in finding access to EU markets. He appreciated the decisions taken by Pakistan to bring about economic stability in the country.

Minister for Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Finance Mrs Hina Rabbani Khar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Ms Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Secretaries Economic Affairs, Health, Education and senior officers were present during the meeting.

Sajid Wahid is based in Mingora, North West Frontier, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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