Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday introduced the digital ‘FM Connect Thought Leader Platform’. The platform would host digital discussions on the coronavirus pandemic with intellectuals, lecturers and researchers around the globe.
The platform is part of the international minister’s ‘Public Diplomacy’ initiative. He stated the digital platform has been initiated to get opinion and steerage over issues from specialists.
For the inaugural session, Qureshi had invited 4 world leaders to debate post-Covid-19 realities of the worldwide geopolitical and socio-economic panorama.
Govt to finish lockdown from ninth in phases
They included Dr William Ury, co-founder of Harvard College’s Program on Negotiation. He’s counted amongst world’s main specialists on negotiation.
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, a Singaporean diplomat and educational. He’s additionally a former president of the United Nations Safety Council and is a Distinguished Fellow on the Asia Analysis Institute, Nationwide College of Singapore.
Dr Kevin P Gallagher, professor of International Improvement Coverage on the Boston College’s Frederick S Pardee Faculty of International Research, the place he directs the International Improvement Coverage Heart.
Dr Adil Najam, the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S Pardee Faculty of International Research on the Boston College.
Indian envoy summoned over ceasefire violations alongside LOC
Addressing the session, the international minister acknowledged that the lockdown induced owing to the pandemic had destroyed jobs of every day wage-earners and small companies.
“Pakistan’s exports have declined by 41 per cent and are facing 10 per cent of GDP loss. We have earmarked eight billion dollars to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” he stated.
Commenting on the regional scenario, FM Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan was all ready to host the South Asian Affiliation for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) convention. Nevertheless, India’s veto modified the complete scenario.
The minister additional acknowledged that regardless of New Delhi’s present behaviour in direction of Islamabad and the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, “Pakistan participated in the SAARC video conference convened by India”.
Pakistan participated within the video convention retaining the worldwide problem of the lethal pathogen in view and saved regional curiosity a precedence, noticed the international minister.
He additional stated that the nation additionally organised a video convention of SAARC well being ministers to deliberate upon the alarming scenario however, “it is unfortunate that there is no change in India’s attitude, despite positive approach of Pakistan”.