ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Pakistan’s democracy was growing more mature with the time.
“The foreign policy that we have adopted today should have been well before as we should not have been used as a pawn for someone’s interests. We should have an independent foreign policy,” Imran Khan said while addressing the Envoys’ Conference titled ‘Engage Africa’ in Islamabad.
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Posted by Geo News Urdu on Thursday, November 28, 2019
He said the forum gave the message to focus on Africa now. He said Pakistan would have to enter the African countries under a mission and establish its businesses there.
“We will send President Arif Alvi to visit Africa. I love Africa and I will visit it later as currently Pakistan needed me more,” he said.
The prime minister said an effort was made to destabilize the country in last few days, which had evoked hope among the hostile elements that Pakistan’s institutions were going to collide.
He said Pakistan’s biggest assets and source were overseas Pakistanis.
“While our biggest problem is the current account deficit. The dollar we are receiving are less than the dollar draining out of the country. Your country remains in danger until there is current account deficit, no matter how much growth rate you raise, because anytime your currency will start falling and when the currency devalues poverty rises,” he said.
Imran Khan said our institutions were ruined in the past because of appointments based on political motives. “We will introduce the system of meritocracy in the entire country,” he expressed the commitment.
On this occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed the commitment to develop a strong relationship with the African countries.
He said the foreign office will fully facilitate and cooperate with the commerce ministry to achieve this objective.
Adviser on Commerce Razaq Dawood said our vision is to double trade with the African countries in the next five years which currently hovers between three and four billion dollars.
He said Pakistan’s exports to Africa have risen to over one billion dollars. He said our locally manufactured tractors are making their way in several African countries including Mozambique and Angola.