The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has left for London today to participate in the 9th Meeting of the World Islamic Forum. The Forum was established to enhance the economic well-being of the people of Muslim nations and Muslim communities through increasing trade and business opportunities amongst them, as well as the world at large. The Forum also highlights the economic and investment opportunities in the Muslim world and promotes dialogue and cooperation between Muslim and non-Muslim businessmen and entrepreneurs. This is the Forum's first annual event in Europe following meetings in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait and Pakistan. A number of heads of State and Government from Muslim countries are attending the conference. British Prime Minister David Cameron will also address the conference.
The Prime Minister will address the opening session of the Economic Forum on 29th October 2013. He will apprise the Forum of his Government’s priorities particularly in the economic field, the steps it is taking to create business and investment opportunities and will also discuss matters relating to fostering greater economic cooperation and collaboration among the Muslim countries and between the Muslim countries and the rest of the world. The Prime Minister will avail the opportunity to meet senior Muslim leaders attending the Conference. The Prime Minister will attend a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. Senior members of the British Cabinet will also call on the Prime Minister, including Foreign Secretary William Hague, Home Secretary Theresa May and International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Matters relating to Pakistan-UK bilateral relations and issues specific to the portfolios of the UK dignitaries will be discussed in these meetings.