ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his government has successfully overcome multiple challenges enabling the country to march towards ensuring sustainable economic and social development.
He was talking to Under Secretary General, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Dr Shamshad Akhtar here at the PM House.
“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,” the Prime Minister said.
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.
The Prime Minister while highlighting the role of economic prosperity in national development said 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.”
He said the government has achieved the highest foreign reserves of its history, contained inflation and undertook mega energy projects to address the issue of energy crisis faced by the county.
Dr Shamshad Akhtar appreciated the leadership role of the Prime Minister and mentioned his initiation of huge infrastructure projects which will ensure better regional connectivity and socio economic development for the entire region.
The Under Secretary General said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will usher in an era of economic prosperity not only for Pakistan but the region.
Dr Shamshad said the unprecedented infrastructure and energy projects speak of the leadership role of the Prime Minister.
“Wherever I go, whether it is Tajikistan, Uzbekistan or any other country in the region; they all appreciate your regional leadership role,” Dr Shamshad said and pointed that projects like TAPI and CPEC were of paramount regional importance and would improve the standard of living for millions in this part of the world.