D-8 Summit: Khar calls for preferential trade, visa and customs agreement

Published: November 21, 2012

FM Khar says Pakistan offers investment opportunities in energy, communication infrastructure & agriculture. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: While calling for preferential trade, visa and customs agreement, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday that Pakistan offered investment opportunities to foreign businessmen in energy, communication infrastructure and agriculture.

Speaking at the Developing Eight (D-8) Ministerial Council Meeting, Khar said that Islamabad Summit will have significance as it was coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the founding of the D-8 bloc.

She said, “This journey, which we started in 1997, has enriched our fraternal relationships in the last many decades but there is so much more potential that we still have to tap and we hope that we start the journey of tapping that potential from here.”

The foreign minister said that the reason why the D-8 group of countries had come together in 1997 was for a reason – “Because we collectively believe that the better future of our people is within grasp.”

“We share an intrinsic optimism about the benefits of working together, reducing the barriers that exist between us and enriching the lives of the one billion people of the D-8 that we are proud to be a member of today.”

She said that the D-8 countries had a large number of young people and that the forum gave the opportunity to “collectively and together reflect on how we can work together to break down the barriers to the free movement of goods, ideas, services people between our eight important countries.”

“In short we have to come up with ways that will unleash the creativity and innovation of our young people and fuel a bright and sustainable prosperous future for our one billion family members,” said Khar.

She said that the Islamabad summit was the venue of adoption of two landmark documents – the D-8 Charter and the Global Vision.

Khar also condemned Israeli violence on Gaza.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:19PM

    “The foreign minister said that the reason why the D-8 group of countries had come together in 1997 was for a reason – “Because we collectively believe that the better future of our people is within grasp.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The results from 1997 to 2012 for Pakistan are there to see for every one.

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  • Pragmatist
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:19PM

    “Preferential trade”? Why?

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  • Buttler
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:28PM

    madam…did you ever hear the word Israel or Palestine…Killings or something like this…

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  • Polpot
    Nov 21, 2012 - 1:47PM

    “Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday that Pakistan offered investment opportunities to foreign businessmen in energy, communication infrastructure and agriculture.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Case in Point: The Turkish Rental Power Project fitted on a ship.

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  • Haroon Rashid
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:54PM

    With the WTO trade block D8, SAARC, CAS which Pakistan subscribes.
    Opportunities for member regional block nations.
    Convergence of the combined effect of each country initiatives, and benefits to be accrued.
    In the energy sector Iran is important neighbour and should have joint R&D., market access to our needs to overcome crisis.
    There is a need for Pakistan and Iran for membership of IEA which could also be initiated to be in the league of nations of the current members of IEA.
    Wish all participants of D8 members in Pakistan in the year 2012.

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