Saturday, September 23, 2023

Pakistan PM discusses trade, export of skilled labor with Qatar’s Emir

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Sunday, held discussions on strengthening cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the economic and investment sectors.

During the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif praised Qatar’s consistent support of development projects in Pakistan and highlighted the multiple opportunities for cooperation between the two nations. The Emir of Qatar acknowledged the contributions of Pakistani manpower in his country’s development and commended the excellent performance of Pakistani security authorities during the FIFA Football World Cup 2022 hosted by Qatar.

“The two leaders held talks on a range of issues of mutual interest and discussed ways to further enhance excellent cooperation in economic and investment areas between Pakistan and Qatar,” the PMO said.

The leaders also discussed investment, trade, and exporting Pakistani skilled workers to Qatar. Sheikh Tamim welcomed the prime minister and reiterated his commitment to continue Qatar’s complete cooperation and support for Pakistan’s development and progress agenda. The Emir of Qatar also accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan.

These talks are hoped to pave the way for increased cooperation and investment between the two countries, leading to mutual benefits and prosperity.

Shehbaz Sharif arrived in Qatar on a two-day official visit to participate in the 5th United Nations conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), being held from 5-9 March 2023. The conference aims to accelerate sustainable development in the LDCs and help them make progress on the road to prosperity.

In a separate meeting, Mansoor Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, the CEO of Qatar Investment Authority, exchanged views with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on various investment proposals in multiple sectors of Pakistan’s economy. The two dignitaries discussed investment opportunities in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Qatar Investment Authority reportedly expressed a keen interest in investing in LNG power plants, airports, and solar power parks in Pakistan.

This detailed discussion builds on the previous talks initiated during the prime minister’s visit to Qatar in August 2022.

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