ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday led preliminary meeting of the committee for framing the future Pak-Turkey Strategic Economic, said a statement issued by the ministry. Federal Minister for Defence Production, Zubaida Jalal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Khusro Bakhtiar, Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Aamir Mehmood Kiani, Federal Minister for Privatization Division, Muhammad Mian Soomro, Federal Minister for National Health Services and Minister of State /Chairman BoI, Haroon Sharif were also present in the meeting.
Asad Umar said that proposal for establishment of the framework was discussed and agreed with the Turkish side during the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Turkey. The framework aims to enhance bilateral economic cooperation with particular focus on trade and investment. The Minister made special mention of the exemplary headway that Turkey has made in the realm of tourism and said Pakistan could greatly benefit from its experience in developing its own tourism sector.
During the meeting the current level of Pak-Turkey economic cooperation and the existing structure and mechanism for such cooperation were discussed at length. Ministers attending the meeting and senior officials of various Ministries presented their views on the proposed framework and its related aspects. Besides trade and economy, the spheres of health, defence production, aviation, tourism, housing and mineral exploration were also highlighted for strengthening bilateral cooperation.
The Finance Minister directed the Ministries concerned along with the BoI to provide their inputs for the proposed framework within two weeks which will be consolidated by the Economic Affairs Division as a draft document and subsequently finalized to be shared with the Turkish side. The Minister added that the framework would help boost the existing Pak-Turkey cooperation to a much stronger level.