FM Qureshi hosts virtual meeting with envoys in Africa

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – January 7, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Noting the importance of Africa as continent of future, with 54 countries and a population of 1.3 billion, foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, Wednesday, Pakistan enjoys friendly relations and political goodwill in African countries that needs to be translated into a more robust economic partnership.

According to a press release, the third envoys meeting on ‘Engage Africa’ initiative was chaired by the FM virtually from the federal capital.

FM Qureshi stated, as part of the initiative, Pakistan’s outreach and presence in Africa was being significantly enhanced.

An envoys conference on Africa was held in November 2019, followed by the first ever Pakistan-Africa trade development conference in Nairobi in January 2020.

He remarked, the initiative has begun paying off, with a 7 percent growth in Pakistan’s trade with Africa, despite the Covid-19 (coronavirus) related challenges.

During the meeting, Pakistani envoys apprised the FM of their activities in economic and commercial domain.

They highlighted specific steps in follow-up of the trade development conference and apprised of measures to strengthen existing linkages and forging new ones for enhanced economic collaboration.

Underlining the shift from geo-politics to geo-economics, FM Qureshi emphasised the importance of economic diplomacy as a key component of modern diplomatic practice.

He said the foreign ministry is at the forefront of safeguarding and protecting Pakistan’s economic interests through initiatives like prime minister’s global initiative on debt relief for developing countries.

The ministry and the missions abroad are also working on advancing the Roshan digital account and home remittances along-with prime minister’s economic outreach initiatives.

FM Qureshi encouraged the envoys to cultivate and broaden mutually beneficial trade and economic partnerships with African countries, focusing on key goals of trade promotion, financial inflows, investments, remittances, tourism and technology transfer.

Pakistan’s head of missions in Abuja, Addis Abba, Algiers, Nairobi, Tripoli, Port Louis, Rabat, Pretoria, Niamey, Khartoum, Dar es Salam, Dakar, Harare and Tunis participated in the virtual meeting.