BOAO (China): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday urging collective approach in addressing shared challenges and mutually beneficial cooperation called for enhanced regional connectivity and integration for success.
“Destiny has made us neighbors and put us together, let us now make conscious efforts to build a harmonious region, through mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development.”
Addressing the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Meeting Titled “Asia’s New Future: Identifying New Growth Drivers”, the Prime Minister said trans-national roads, rails, oil and gas pipelines, institutions of higher learning, centers of excellence of scientific innovation and better performing financial sector would be real drivers of growth for Asia in the coming years.
“We strongly believe that shared prosperity is the real prosperity,” the Prime Minister told the participants of the economic forum.
Premier Li Keqiang of China and other leaders also attended the forum. He said since its inception, the Boao Forum has transformed itself into a globally recognized platform contributing to evolving ideas that truly reflect the voice of Asia, on global economic issues.
He congratulated the Government of China for an opportunity to the leaders from friendly countries to discuss measures necessary to keep pace with the changing trends of global economy.
He said the Conference was taking place at a critical juncture as recently the world witnessed the worst financial crisis of modern history that crippled the global economy.
“We are witnessing a transition of economic power from West to East, as Asia is increasingly becoming the powerhouse of the global economy.”
He said the forces of globalization, urbanization and innovation in technology were changing not only the destiny of Asia, but also of the entire world.