PR No.11 Under Secretary General Called On The Prime Minister Islamabad: March 2, 2016

Under Secretary General, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Dr. Shamshad Akhtar called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today.

Acknowledging the role of UN in helping Pakistani government in achieving sustainable socio-economic development objectives, the Prime Minister extended his appreciation that a Pakistani woman has reached such a high and prestigious level at UNESCAP.

Highlighting the role of economic prosperity in national development, the Prime Minister said that his government has successfully overcome multiple challenges enabling the country to march towards ensuring sustainable economic and social development. Our government has pulled the country out of numerous crises and today Pakistan is viewed an altogether different country from what it was few years ago, added the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that the improved law and order situation has boosted the confidence of local and foreign investors to invest in Pakistan. We are focused on social sector reforms and the recent major initiatives of our government in health and education (sectors) would certainly benefit people in general and the poor and vulnerable in particular. The government has achieved the highest foreign reserves of its history, contained inflation and undertook mega energy projects to address the energy issue faced by the county, stressed the Prime Minister.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar appreciated the leadership role of the Prime Minister in regard to initiating huge infrastructure projects which will ensure better regional connectivity and socio economic development for the entire region. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will usher into economic prosperity not only for Pakistan but the region, said the Under Secretary General.

The unprecedented infrastructure and energy projects of your government speak for your leadership role. Wherever I go, whether it is Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or any other country in the region; they all appreciate your regional leadership role. Projects like TAPI and CPEC are of paramount regional importance, which will improve the standard of living for millions in this part of the world, said Dr. Shamshad.