Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington will pave the way for the transformation of our ‘aid-based policies’ to a ‘trade-incentive programme’.
This was stated by President, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) Engineer Suhail Bin Rashid, in a meeting held with Executive Committee Members here on Saturday.
He was commenting on the recent visit by the prime minister to the United States (US) and his meeting with US President Barack Obama. Rashid said that Pakistan and the US have long standing relations that witnessed many ups and downs and despite of various international and regional constraints, both countries remain partners in international peace and continued their efforts for regional stability.
Evidently, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made a strong case for Pakistani trade access to the US and bolstering bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of two countries including economic and energy cooperation, in overcoming the power crisis in Pakistan, said Rashid.
He was also appreciative of the Prime Minister’s meeting with US investors who were keen to play their role in socio-economic development of Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan should avail this opportunity to re-build Pakistan by providing peace and conducive environment for direct foreign investment in the country.
Commenting on the apprehension expressed from some circles within the country, he said that Prime Minister should immediately convene a press conference to clarify and categorically mention the achievements of his visit to US so that people and business community could also be well aware in that context.
The present government has a clear stand to stop the US from conducting drone attacks, which are counter-productive and foment terrorism within the country, he added.
He said that PM Nawaz Sharif has very prudently handled this very issue and apparently it seems that now US done attacks would come to an end within next couple of months.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2013.