PM Imran urges D-8 nations to evolve Covid recovery plan, boost engagements


Islamabad – April 8 (Online): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday urged the Developing-8 (D-8) countries to develop a strategy to deal with the economic and health crises brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
While addressing the virtual 10th D8 leadership summit, Prime Minister said that no country could deal with the current challenges on its own, adding that the challenges have to be dealt with collectively. “We must mobilize financing and resources to recover robustly from the economic and health crises induced by Covid pandemic.” Said the premier.
The premier also called for boosting trade between the D8 countries. To achieve this objective, he added, the states will have to simplify border procedures, opertionalise new initiatives and ensure transactions in local currencies, amongst other measures.
“The states must also put in place a huge engagement strategy through cultural and people to people exchanges,” Prime Minister Khan maintained.
Terming technological development essential in today’s era, the premier called for promoting knowledge based economies and increasing expenditure on research and development.
“We must also work towards improving the lives of citizens by promoting food security, and supporting each other in times of crisis,” he stressed.