Economic and financial solidity vital for the sovereignty of the country: President

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said economic and financial soundness was vital for making independent decisions and observed that the country could achieve accelerated economic growth by imparting skills to young people and women through short and in-depth trainings in various fields, particularly in information and communication technologies. (TIC).

He said a meaningful and active role of the Pakistani diaspora was imperative in uplifting the business and industrial sectors and imparting skills to youth and women to help Pakistan achieve self-sufficiency, which would enable the country to make independent political, financial and economic decisions for the future. improvement of the people.

The president made the remarks while addressing the 45th annual convention of the Pakistani-American Physicians Association of North America (APPNA), USA, virtually from Aiwan-e-Sadr, a said the press wing of the president’s secretariat in a press release on Sunday.

APPNA President Dr. Haroon Durrani and members of the Pakistani Diaspora in the United States attended the virtual convention.

The President regretted that Pakistan had not had the capacity in the past to absorb its highly educated, productive and valuable human resources, which resulted in its migration to the developed countries of the world where, by dint of merit, they have become highly successful in many high-level areas. valuable sectors and have contributed to the development and prosperity of their host country.

The President said that the Pakistani Diaspora could help uplift and add value to Pakistan’s business, industry, agriculture and service sectors and the development of the unproductive population, such as the youth and uneducated women, imparting technical skills and expertise in relevant fields. the fields.

He also appreciated the Pakistani doctors in the United States for gaining an excellent reputation in the host country and for their valuable contributions to the development of Pakistan.

He urged them to establish telehealth services in Pakistan to provide counseling and guidance to patients, especially the poor and disadvantaged segments of the population.

While identifying various sectors where Pakistan needs to advance, he said that we need to provide new incentives to the ICT sector and equip our youth with marketable ICT skills.

Briefing the participants on Pakistan’s problems and opportunities, the President said that strong democratic institutions, tackling corruption, nepotism and labor threats, financial empowerment of women and focus on skills development of its human resources were essential for the socio-economic development of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan through its Digiskills online training program has successfully imparted computer skills to more than 2.4 million young people and enabled them to earn a decent living. He stressed that the scale and scope of these accelerated training programs needed to be expanded and extended nationwide.

While briefing the participants on the main features of Pakistan’s foreign policy, the President said that Pakistan has reoriented its foreign policy from geostrategy to geoeconomics and is promoting regional trade and connectivity by making optimal use of its unique geographical location. , especially in the context of Central Asian republics that wished to link up with the rest of the world to promote regional trade and economic cooperation.

The President stressed that Pakistan does not believe in polarization and camp politics and tries to maintain cordial relations with all its international partners.

He said Pakistan and the United States have historical relations and Pakistan plays a key role in connecting the United States and China and has cooperated with the United States in its war against terrorism.

He urged the Pakistani diaspora to address concerns and misunderstandings about Pakistan in the United States following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also called on the Pakistani Diaspora to play their part in bringing to light India’s human rights abuses in illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The President praised the love and passion of overseas Pakistanis for their homeland, and commended them for rendering invaluable service and providing assistance during floods, earthquakes and the COVID-pandemic. 19.