Islamabad/Atlantic City, 22 July 2022 (TDI): President Dr. Arif Alvi virtually addressed the 45th Annual Convention of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), United States, from the Aiwan-e-Sadar.

The remarks of the President: 

The President laments the past brain drain and urges US-based doctors to establish telehealth services in Pakistan.

The President congratulated APPNA on 45 years of great service to the profession and for setting the footprints of Pakistani physicians in the adopted country. He commended their contribution to American society as well.

According to the President, the Pakistani diaspora must play a significant and active role in advancing Pakistan’s business sectors and empowering women and young people with skills to help Pakistan achieve self-sufficiency.

In addition, the President said that economic and financial strength is vital for making independent decisions.

Along these lines, he added that the country could achieve accelerated economic growth by transferring skills to youth and women through short and extensive training courses in various fields, especially Information and Communications Technology.

He regretted that Pakistan could not previously absorb its highly educated, productive, and valuable human resources. Therefore, it has led to the emigration of those to developed nations. And by sheer dint of merit, they achieved great success in various high-value sectors and contributed to the growth and prosperity of their host nations.

Alvi also discussed the key aspects of Pakistan’s foreign policy, stating that the country had shifted its emphasis from geo-politics to geo-economics.

He added that Pakistan is promoting regional trade and connectivity by fully utilizing its special geographical location, particularly in the Central Asian Republics (CARs) context which were eager to connect with the rest of the world to foster regional trade and economic cooperation.

Lastly, he emphasized Pakistan’s efforts to uphold friendly relations with all of its international partners and its rejection of polarization and camp politics.