President for further enhancing ECO’s trade connectivity

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ISLAMABAD, Mar 14 (APP):President Dr. Arif Alvi has stressed for the need to further strengthen transport and communication infrastructure, facilitate trade and investment and identify important sectoral priorities of the ECO for development and growth in the region.
He said that ECO region has the potential and capacity to function as a bridge between North and South, Europe and Asia.
The President said this while talking to Secretary General, Economic Cooperation Organization Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, who called on him in here on Thursday.
The President emphasized that ECO Vision 2025 would serve as a road-map for the Organization. He underscored that Pakistan believed that robust implementation of ECO Trade Agreements, would be a step towards minimizing barriers to trade and ultimately establishing a Free Trade Area as enshrined in ECO Vision 2025.
He apprised the secretary general that Pakistan was undertaking necessary steps to meet the time-lines, mentioned in the Implementation Framework of the Vision 2025.
He further informed the visiting dignitary that Pakistan was upgrading its rail and road infrastructure in order to facilitate smooth flow of goods to its neighbours and to galvanize trade opportunities within the ECO region.
The President also highlighted that Pakistan would continue to contribute to ECO’s efforts to provide assistance to Afghanistan and was presently the highest donor to ECO’s initiative for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Appreciating Pakistan’s important role as member state in ECO, Secretary General, Economic Cooperation Organization Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour said that Pakistan has always been an active member of ECO and cornerstone of peace and cooperation in the region.
He further stated that there was a huge potential of eco-tourism in Pakistan which could be a huge attraction for the international tourists.