PR No.146
High Level Meeting on Global Development Initiative (GDI) Cooperation Outcomes
New York: September 19, 2023

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar participated in a High Level Meeting on Global Development Initiative (GDI) Cooperation Outcomes. The GDI was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping on 20 September 2022. In his remarks at today’s meeting, the Prime Minister highlighted that progress towards achieving the SDGs has suffered a serious setback due to the poly crises of Covid, conflict and climate change. He expressed Pakistan’s support for the GDI and commended the milestones achieved in its implementation, the most recent being the successful launch of the Inter-Agency Task Force on GDI. The Prime Minister stressed that China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor are vital vehicles for achieving the SDGs. He highlighted the need for action in 5 key areas: food production, infrastructure investment, industrialization, resilient healthcare systems and the bridging the digital divide. The Prime Minister further highlighted the necessity of adequate and appropriate finance at all levels of the development process and welcomed President Xi’s announcement of the setting up another fund of $10 billion dedicated to the implementation of the GDI. In conclusion, the Prime Minister stated that Pakistan looks forward to enhancing its cooperation with China and other members of the Group of Friends of GDI to realize their collective aspiration for implementation of the SDGs. The event also heard opening remarks by H.E Mr. Han Zheng, Vice President of China, H.E Mr. Dennis Francis, President of the General Assembly, and other high-level dignitaries, as well as a video briefing and presentation on GDI cooperation.