Yekaterinburg, 25 November 2021 (TDI): Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Omer Ayub Khan arrived in Yekaterinburg, Russia to attend the 7th Pakistan Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Minister Omer Ayub was welcomed at the Yekaterinburg International Airport by the Deputy Minister of International and Foreign Economic Affairs, Peter Bobylev, of the Sverdlovsk Region of Russia.

Pakistan Delegation’s Activities
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Omer Ayub Khan being welcomed by Russian Authorities at the Yekaterinburg International Airport.

Minister Omer Ayub reached Yekaterinburg a day after the 7th Russian-Pakistani Intergovernmental Commission kick-started, on Wednesday. Expert groups shared ideas to move forward in areas of cooperation. The discussions aimed at further strengthening economic, trade, IT, energy, and technological relations and ties between Pakistan and Russia.

Pakistan’s Federal Minister Omar Ayub has reached to lead the already present delegation in Yekaterinburg. The Pakistani delegation attending the event consists of experts and officials from concerned ministries and business groups. The delegates were warmly welcomed by the Russian authorities.

Minister Ayub on the first day of his visit, toured the TKM Pipe Factory situated in Yekaterinburg. Omar Ayub was accompanied by the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Shulginov.

A Background to the Russia-Pakistan Intergovernmental Commission

The Russia-Pakistan Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation held its first session in Moscow on 21 September 2010. The IGC serves as an institutional framework that aims to review the whole spectrum of bilateral cooperation between the two countries; it also lays down a road map for future bilateral development. Since 2010, the Commission has held 7 sessions with both countries hosting the IGC’s session alternatively.

Pak-Russia Diplomats Spend a Busy Working Week

The past week remained busy for officials and diplomats on both Pakistani and Russian sides. On Monday 22 November, the 9th meeting of the Russian-Pakistani Working Group on Countering International Terrorism and Other Security Challenges was also held. Both sides agreed to increase engagement and jointly work on combating terrorism.