PR No. 25 Islamabad: March 3, 2017

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that future belongs to ECO member states and expressed confidence that recently held Economic Cooperation Organization Summit in Islamabad will lead to promotion and enhancement of intra-regional trade. The President called for regular exchange of trade delegations among member states to reap maximum economic dividends.

The President said this while in a meeting with delegates of ECO Chamber of Commerce & Industry who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Friday. Secretary General of ECO Halil Ibrahim Akca, delegates from Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Azerbaijan and Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) were also present on the occasion.

The President underlined that trade exhibitions among ECO members should be organized regularly to further increase regional trade volume. Underscoring the importance of improving the communication system among member states, the President said that it will further boost economic and trade partnership.

President Mamnoon Hussain called for launching commercial and cargo flights among ECO member countries to further advance trade ties. The President hoped that decisions taken at ECO Summit will prove to be a milestone in regional progress and development. He added that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a grand project which will bring regional countries further closer to each other. The President said that ECO countries should work in unison for progress and prosperity of the people of their countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General of ECO Halil Ibrahim Akca said that our region is blessed with enormous resources which should be utilized for the welfare of people. He stated that holding of ECO summit in Pakistan is of great significance adding that decisions taken at ECO Summit will play an important role in regional development.

President FPCCI Zubair Tufail, President ICCIMA Eng. Gholamhosein Shafei of Iran and President TOBB Hisarcik Lioglu of Turkey also expressed their views on the occasion.