Islamabad, 8 November 2023 (TDI): Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-Ul-Haq Kakar is set to depart on an official visit to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to attend the 16th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit to be held on the 8th and 9th November 2023.
Uzbekistan, for the first time in history, will be hosting a multilateral summit within the framework of ECO since its affiliation in 1992.
Prime Minister during his participation in the summit will reaffirm Pakistan’s commitment to ECO Vision 2025.
The ECO Vision 2025 envisions that “ ECO will pave the way to a territory of integrated and sustainable economies as well as free trade areas achieved by highly educated societies and improved governance through enhanced cooperation.”
The premier will also identify the government’s willingness for the promotion of regional cooperation in the areas of trade, transport, connectivity, energy, tourism, and economic growth and productivity.
During the summit, the Prime Minister will highlight the vision of Pakistan for the future work of the organization and promotion of regional connectivity and mutual prosperity.
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is a ten-member regional organization focused on the socio-economic development of the region.
It was originally founded as a Regional Cooperation for Development (RDA) in 1964 with Iran, Pakistan, and Türkiye as its founding members. Later in 1985, it was renamed as an Economic Cooperation Organization.
The main founding objective of ECO is to create conducive conditions for the promotion of sustainable economic development in the region. It also aims at the joint welfare of member states.
According to the statement released by the Foreign Office Prime Minister is also scheduled to engage in bilateral discussions with the leadership of Uzbekistan and other participating leaders.
The statement also highlighted that as the founding member of the organization, Pakistan remains committed to the goals of connectivity and mutual prosperity of the region.