PM, Belgian counterpart discuss evacuation efforts, Afghanistan situation

Technology transfer, opportunities for youth govt’s high priority: PM

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ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo in a telephonic conversation on Monday discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister, who had a telephone call from Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, underscored the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and for regional stability.

He stressed that safety and security of Afghans and stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan were vitally important.

The Prime Minister added that peace and reconciliation and an inclusive political solution would contribute to the stabilization efforts.

He further underscored the importance of engagement by the international community in support of the people of Afghanistan, both to address humanitarian needs and help in economic sustenance.

The two Prime Ministers exchanged views on ongoing evacuation efforts.

The Belgian Prime Minister conveyed thanks for Pakistan’s support and facilitation for their evacuation endeavors.

The Belgian Prime Minister also extended invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Belgium. Both the leaders agreed to remain in close contact.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said technology transfer, strong partnerships among educational institutions, industrial sector and government and creating a suitable environment for youth was the top priority of the government.

He was chairing a high level meeting regarding the setting up of special technology zones in the country.

The prime minister directed to provide all facilities available in other countries to the investors and business community in those special technology zones.

He further instructed that one window operation should be ensured to facilitate the business community.

He asked the provincial governments to take benefit of the opportunities available in the international exhibition to be held in Dubai in October.

Pakistan should highlight before the world the opportunities available in its special technology zones, he stressed.

Minister for Science and Technology Senator Shibli Faraz, Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Shehbaz Gill,

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Technology Atif Khan, Balochistan Minister for Industries Haji Muhammad Khan Toor, Punjab Minister for Information Technology Humayun Yasir and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir prime minister, Punjab chief minister, Balochistan chief minister and officials of different provinces attended the meeting through the video link.

Special Technology Zones Authority Chairman Amir Hashmi gave a detailed briefing about the special technology zones and the facilities and incentives available to investors in these zones.

The participants were told that the aim of those special zones was to encourage technology transfer, foreign investment and promote human capital, research and development, job creation, exports and import substitution.

The chairman told about the incentives given by the federal government to the investors in the special technology zones.

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