Focus on trade, not aid: Nawaz on Pakistan's foreign policy

Published: December 27, 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP /FILE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP /FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated that one of the four key priories of foreign policy is to focus on trade and not aid while giving a speech at the inauguration of a new block of the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Express News reported on Friday.

The other three priorities are building a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood, reaching out to regional and international partners and developing a consensus based approach to counter-terrorism.

“Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah delineated the key element of our foreign policy when he said our objective should be peace within and peace without,” the premier stated, adding that it still remains the defining element of foreign policy.

“Jinnah made it clear that Pakistan wanted to live peacefully and maintain friendly relations with its immediate neighbours and with the world at large,” Nawaz added.

Talking about globalisation the prime minister said that “we live in a globalised world where no one can afford isolation on any level. As public servants isolation will make you oblivious to the needs of the people while at state level isolation leads to segregation from the world community.”

The premier also said that the Foreign Office has to further strengthen institutional linkages with ministries in order to build a positive image of Pakistan. He added that the office has to interact with provincial governments more often and facilitate provinces to establish contacts with other countries.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 27, 2013 - 2:45PM

    “Focus on talks only, not action” PM


  • Nikki
    Dec 27, 2013 - 3:03PM

    And please be focused for peaceful relationship with our neighbours,with out peace no trade and business.


  • Nikki
    Dec 27, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Revisit of Pakistan’s foreign policy will be a benchmark step in ourpolitical history.
    Let us examine the China’Russia,India,USA,how these countries revisited and reshaped their foreign policies acoording to the envoirnment.Yesterday’s foes are today’s freinds and enjoying cooperative relations, we need to elarn from the.


  • Aleem
    Dec 27, 2013 - 4:11PM

    It takes two to tango, alone Pakistan cannot bring about peace in this region. Our neighbors should reciprocate as well and work together to solve all outstanding disputes. Also, no one prevents us from trading, we should produce something that countries want to buy from us. Germany sells 1.3 trillion dollars worth of sophisticated machinery every year without any preferential trade agreements. They produce things that other countries want to buy.


  • unbelievable
    Dec 27, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Trade not aid sounds great – but your largest donor is already your largest export market and your mfg base is pretty much limited to textiles. You need to expand your list of marketable products and that requires foreign investment in mfg facilities – that ain’t going to happen until you fix violence, corruption, judiciary and a host of other issues which has been pointed out by many foreign trade commissions over the years.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:45PM

    Neither aid nor trade but education should be the priority for Pakstan! Upgrade your Madrassas to include natural sciences, schools to teach arabiclanguage and philosophy and make your universities in the Elite class. Innovation and inventive thinking will take the Islamic Pakistan out of the Parasite status.

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  • Dec 27, 2013 - 8:14PM

    The lion of Punjab reciting standard speech, written by handlers.
    Surprisingly no paper visible in hand. [Could be an archive photograph]
    Well,..he can get his graft directly from the traders,businessmen. No need
    to finesse.


  • Lala Gee
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:52PM

    Pakistan must ask for a GSP+ with China, ask China to open her market for Pakistani goods, in response Pakistan can offer our ports and trade corridors, perhaps have a FTA. Eventually Pakistan must form a Union with China with same currency and open borders.


  • unbelievable
    Dec 28, 2013 - 12:55AM

    @Lala Gee:

    Pakistan must ask for a GSP+ with
    China, ask China to open her market
    for Pakistani goods, in response
    Pakistan can offer our ports and trade
    corridors, perhaps have a FTA.

    Pakistan barrier to selling goods in China are the same as selling goods to other countries – other than textiles you don’t mfg anything of substance that they need. In China’s case they limit there textile purchases to low margin yarn which they convert into high margin textiles used to compete/defeat Pakistan in the export market. China dumps product into Pakistan costing it jobs – and is a tough competitor in the international textile business. You may consider them a best buddy but I suspect China has little respect for Pakistan’s business acumen.


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