BISHKEK: The members of the Shanghai Organisation Council (SCO) were urged by the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday in order to establish a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white-collar crime.
The Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed to a session of Council Head of the States of SCO meeting in Bishkek where he said that the vital connectivity between the China and Middle East and Central and South Asia had been provided by Pakistan.
PM Imran said “These geographic proximities and economic imperatives draw us closer to SCO.” He continued “Pakistan’s foreign policy outlook is anchored on the inextricable link between peace and development.”
It was further added “We build partnerships based on mutual respect, sovereign equality and equal benefit. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of president XI’s far-sighted Belt and Road Initiative, is fast reaching fruition. In time, CPEC is destined to catalyze the creation of an integrated pan-Asian sphere of shared prosperity.”
“The world stands at cross-roads. For the first time in ages, we are seeing the advent of a multi-polar global order,” PM Imran said, adding, “There are increasing barriers to open trade and innovation.”
PM Imran added “Growing intolerance and Islamophobia are threatening to accentuate religious fault-lines. For its part, Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its form and manifestations, including State-terrorism against people under illegal occupation.”
Furthermore, the prime minister said, the support of SCO for post-conflict Afghanistan will remain crucial. “We deem this to part of shared reasonability and therefore, appreciate the positive contributions being made by China, Russia and Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours,” he said.
It was further suggested by the prime minister that an eight-pronged course of action which, “Reinforces our vision of cooperation that rejects confrontation and advance the imperatives of peaceful co-existence at the regional and international levels.”
PM Imran added, “Finalize arrangements for trade in local currencies and set up SCO Find and SCO Development Bank to catalyze the trans-regional development agenda.”
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan further added “Make SCO more relevant to the daily lives of citizens by promoting food security and enhancing cooperation in health and humanitarian sectors. Take the lead role in establishing a comprehensive framework for combating corruption and white collar crime.”
PM Imran said “Prioritize women and youth development by focusing inter-alia in strengthening the Women Forum and the Youth Council and mandating them to promote gender mainstreaming skills acquisition and jobs mobility.”
He further continued “Bridge the gap between the region-specific research and policy by launching feasibilities for creating SCO Centres of Excellence on poverty alleviation, de-radicalisation, Connectivity and new technologies.”