Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, while addressing the first Executive Session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting today in Colombo, reiterated the commitment of his Government to a long-term strategy of sustained and inclusive growth by providing equal opportunities to all Pakistanis.
Speaking on the theme of the Summit “Growth and Equity: Inclusive Development”, the Prime Minister noted that equitable development was indeed one of the most significant contemporary challenge confronting the world at large, and the Commonwealth, in particular. He said that in Pakistan, we were faced with challenges of weak economy, poverty, acute energy shortages, successive natural calamities and rising militancy. Expressing full understanding of these problems, the Prime Minister assured that his Government was determined to address these challenges urgently and simultaneously. The aspirations and dynamism of the people of Pakistan has strengthened his resolve to steer Pakistan towards a new and bright future, PM added.
Earlier, the Prime Minister attended the opening ceremony of the Summit along with other Heads of Government. The Prime Minister also attended the lunch hosted by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales for a select group of Commonwealth Heads. He would also attenddinner hosted by Prince Charles for all Heads of the delegations.