Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses gathering convened by Atlantic Council in New York

FM laid out PTI government’s vision for business-friendly Pakistan

NEW YORK: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressed a distinguished gathering of business leaders, think tank analysts and media persons convened by Atlantic Council in New York on Wednesday.


Describing the results of the July 25 elections as a resounding verdict in favor of change by the people of Pakistan, the foreign minister laid out his government’s vision for a business-friendly Pakistan.

The foreign minister highlighted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s commitment to establishing rule of law, and rooting out corruption and red tape. He added that it was a priority with the government to generate employment opportunities for the millions of young Pakistanis entering the job market every year.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the distinguished audience on investment climate and opportunities in Pakistan.

Qureshi said that Pakistan had a large and growing middle-class market and a young workforce while being located at the crossroads of China, Central, and South Asia. He recognized improving the ease of doing business for foreign companies in Pakistan.

The foreign minister noted that Pakistan was already home to many renowned multinational corporations and international franchises, which had been operating profitably in the country for many decades.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi especially acknowledged CEO Telenor Group

Shah Mahmood Qureshi especially acknowledged the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the Telenor Group Sigve Brekke, who had traveled from Norway to consecrate the message on Pakistan’s investment potential.

On the external front, the foreign minister outlined Prime Minister Imran Khan’s approach of proactive engagement with neighboring countries seeking peace and stability in South Asia.

The foreign minister advocated the significance of the approach in terms of attracting investment as a prerequisite for achieving the development agenda of the government.

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