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Govt committed to fulfillment of vision of ECO: Bakhtiyar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Khusro Bakhtiyar has said the ECO Countries should focus on connectivity projects in order to promote trade and investment relations. Addressing a seminar on “ECO; Achievements and Challenges” in Islamabad on Friday, he said Pakistan is fully committed to fulfillment of vision of Economic Cooperation Organization. He said unfortunately South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation which provides another platform for connectivity has been held hostage due to belligerent attitude of Indian government. He said Pakistan focuses to provide connectivity to the region through CPEC. He said Pakistan’s geo-strategic position leverages itself for hub of regional connectivity and China Pakistan Economic Corridor gives an immense opportunity in this regard. The Minister said political reconciliation in Afghanistan will enable to harness the true potential of ECO. Khusro Bakhtiyar said in order to undertake massive projects ECO Bank’s mandate should also be to finance inter-regional projects. He said it also needs to enter into partnership with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank to finance such projects. DNA



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