Bishkek, 26 October 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani announced Pakistan’s plan to host a conference on transportation and connectivity this year, aiming to boost regional prosperity during their leadership of the SCO Council.

While heading his nation’s delegation to the 22nd council meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the Foreign Minister made these comments.

“These include investing in vital sectors like mining, agriculture, minerals, energy, climate change, and information technology; improving connectivity and transport links; and youth empowerment,” he continued.

He promised Pakistan will continue to support the current SCO structures and welcome new efforts in his capacity as the organization’s next chair.

According to Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan dedicates itself to the Shanghai spirit, a symbol of respect and trust among people, aiming for the success and progress of everyone.

“It is a moment of great pride and honor for Pakistan to take on the role of Chair of the Council of Heads of Government. Pakistan’s leadership is committed to advancing key priorities during its tenure, with a strong emphasis on enhancing connectivity, fostering business and investment opportunities, empowering youth, alleviating poverty, and effectively responding to emergencies,” he said.

In 2024, Pakistan is set to host the SCO Council of Heads of Government, marking a significant milestone in its leadership journey, he added.

He stated that Shanghai Spirit served as a rock for our group’s work during significant changes in the geopolitical and geo-economics spheres.

According to the Foreign Minister, SCO speaks for 40% of the world’s population as a whole and embodies their goals and desires.

Pakistan will keep stepping up its collaboration in the areas of education and poverty reduction, according to the Foreign Minister.

Jalil Abbas Jilani stated that Pakistan’s location at the intersection of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East made it an excellent trading country, citing the SCO as the essential venue for advancing the concept of Eurasian integration.

In addition to linking Pakistan and its neighbor China, he stated that the CPEC presents an opportunity for investment in regional economic integration and our common destiny for all SCO members.

He stated that Pakistan has proposed to host the SCO Businessmen Conference the next year, highlighting the vast potential for trade and business among SCO member nations.

Moreover, he issued a warning, saying that while poverty and food security are issues that all SCO members must deal with, these issues may be resolved by working together and sharing experiences.

He expressed confidence that Pakistan’s chairmanship of the Special Working Group on Poverty Alleviation will significantly boost our group’s efforts to raise the quality of life for all.

In addition, he emphasized that without long-term peace and security in Afghanistan, sustained economic growth cannot be ensured.

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He went on, “We need to revive the SCO Afghanistan contact group because it can help Afghan authorities overcome their economic challenges and strengthen their counterterrorism capacity.”

According to him, Pakistan intends to organize a conference on emergency preparedness and response during its presidency.

In his address, he also touched on environmental problems, stating that disasters brought on by climate change need international cooperation for a coordinated response.

Jilani emphasized that the SCO business council could greatly assist in promoting commercial and economic cooperation.