COLOMBO: Pakistan is constantly facing challenges of natural calamities, week economy, energy crisis, poverty and militancy but the regime is optimistic about bright future of the public while facing current challenges, said Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Colombo summit. He said that the Pakistani government has resolve for the resolution of the problems facing by the country.
Prime Minister said during his address at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in Colombo that rendering equal opportunities to all citizens is a big challenge for Commonwealth countries. Nawaz Sharif said that the Pakistani government believes in giving equal chances of progress to the masses, adding that the provision of equal chances to the people is responsibility of the whole world and especially Commonwealth Countries. Prime minister also announced $ 100000 for the Youth Council of Commonwealth Countries. He said this organization would be independent and would be the voice of the 1.2 billion people of the member countries.
The host, Sri Lanka, arranged a lunch feast for the leaders of Commonwealth in the capital city; all Commonwealth head of states including Pakistani premiere and British Crown Prince Charles attended the luncheon during the summit.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at President’s House. He was accompanied by Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Syed Jalil Abbas Jilani Foreign Secretary and Maj gen (retd) Qasim Qureshi, High Commissioner.
The Prime Minister congratulated President Rajapaksa on successful hosting of CHOGM 2013. He appreciated the economic growth achieved by Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war in 2009. The Prime Minister also appreciated the leadership of President Rajapaksa for successfully eliminating terrorism from the country. During the meeting, both leaders agreed to further strengthen economic ties, especially increasing bilateral trade volume from present US $ 460 million to US $ 1 billion in the next few years. They also agreed that bilateral flow of investments could play an important role in boosting economic relations.
In response to Sri Lankan President’s offer to invest in the sugar sector, the Prime Minister of Pakistan offered that Pakistan’s government or the private sector could setup sugar mills in Sri Lanka. This meeting between the two leaders which is the second one during that last two months will give significant boost to the already strong bilateral ties between the two countries.
The 23rd Commonwealth summit will end today (Sunday). Apart from Pakistan, leaders of 53 countries are also attending the conference.
The Commonwealth conference is conducted in every two years. This year’s conference’s theme is development with equity and comprehensive development