Pakistan vows extended trade, economic cooperation with Vietnam: President

Better human development was inevitable for poverty alleviation and economic development

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ISLAMABAD, President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said that Pakistan highly valued its relations with Vietnam and wanted to further strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.He said that Vietnamese investors needed to take advantage of Pakistan’s improved business environment as the country offered on-arrival visa facility to Vietnamese nationals. The President made these remarks while talking to outgoing Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Pham Hoang Kim, who called on him here the at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Highlighting the need to institutionalize high-level bilateral exchanges, the President said that the exchange of parliamentary delegations would open up new avenues of bilateral cooperation. He stated that Pakistan admired the fast-paced economic growth of Vietnam and is also grateful of Vietnam’s support to the country to become full-dialogue partner with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).The President underlined the need to foster people-to-people contacts by promoting cooperation in the fields of tourism and education.He congratulated Mr Pham Hoang Kim on the successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and appreciated his efforts towards the promotion of bilateral ties between the two countries.President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized on mass awareness about advantages of breastfeeding for better health of mother and child.Addressing a seminar on Promotion of Breastfeeding in Islamabad on Monday , he said media, Ulema and Lady Health workers have important role to play in this regard.The President said breastfeeding proves an effective prevention against several diseases for mother and child, and it is the best nutrition for a new born baby.He said we need to follow the Quranic teachings about breastfeeding, which have also been endorsed by modern science. He said the breastfed children get better protection against cancer, pneumonia, osteoporosis and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) besides having better IQ level.

He advised the mothers to breastfeed their children exclusively for six months without even serving water to the newborn and continue breastfeeding for two years.

Earlier, SAPM Dr Sania Nishtar advocated for exclusive six months breastfeeding for it being the cost-effective way to address malnutrition.

She said in new era, only the nations with better human development would compete, not those with more wealth or technology.

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