PM to share Pakistan’s economic success at WEF

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif takes part in a press conference alongside the Turkish Prime Minister after their talks in Ankara on September 17, 2013. Sharif is on an official state visit to Turkey. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said he had come to the World Economic Forum (WEF) to share the remarkable economic turnaround of Pakistan, that only a few years back was on the verge of an economic collapse and the entire global financial community was acknowledging this positive change.

In a brief chat with reporters here at the hotel, soon after his arrival from Zurich, the prime minister said the economic indicators of the country were very positive and were improving further with each passing day.

The prime minister who is in Switzerland for the Annual Meeting of the WEF, said the country’s economic development was moving ahead at a rapid pace and was being acknowledged by the international media and global financial institutions.

Nawaz Sharif has a hectic schedule ahead with several meetings lined up with heads of the top ranking companies and financial institutions in the next few days where he will apprise them about the great investment opportunities and bright prospects for large international brands.

Nawaz Sharif said the international agencies were giving very encouraging signals about Pakistan’s economy and lots of foreign investment was pouring into the country. He said the country’s inflation was at the lowest ebb while the GDP was on the rise.

He said work on the CPEC was underway in all regions of the country and the people of Pakistan were the real beneficiaries. He said no matter whether a person was in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab, AJK or Gilgit-Baltistan, he would benefit equally and the country would witness a development boom across its length and breadth.

The prime minister to a question about the growth in Pakistan and its trickle-down effect for the masses said that there has been great social and economic improvement in the lives of the people and pointed to the disparity that once plagued the Balochistan province.

However, he said that the situation was rapidly improving in the province and today one can travel from the Gwadar Port in morning to reach Quetta by midday-something that was unimaginable a few years back.

The prime minister said there was no concept of overnight development, and road networks were the key to progress, prosperity and development. He said there would be more farms to market roads, new schools, health centres, economic zones, a new industry that would generate employment and above all will bring the people of the country closer.

The prime minister regretted that the governments in the past ignored their vital duty of serving the masses selflessly while his government was proud to have gone to all lengths to serve the people of Pakistan.