President for SAARC’s more active role to overcome challenges

LAHORE: President Mamnoon Hussian here on Saturday stressed for extended cooperation among the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries to overcome common challenges.

Addressing the South Asia Labour Conference at a local hotel, he said the SAARC countries were facing similar problems of regional differences, extremism and poverty and they could be resolved united.

The President hoped the conference would provide opportunities of sharing benefits of experiments and ensure resolution of common issues.

He said the conference was unique in its nature, which was a big achievement of the regional countries and paid tribute to the European Union for awarding the GSP Plus status to Pakistan. “The county will be one of the most important countries in the region within five years,” he added.

He expressed the government’s determination to resolve issues of labourers for the prosperity of country.

Mamnoon said the Punjab government would announce its labour policy on May 1, which would help resolve problems of labour class.

He stressed enforecement of labour laws and other agreements and hoped the conference would also be held in other countries of the region in future.

Mamnoon said a big change was coming in the region due to an economic corridor from Kashgar to Gwadar, which would be equally beneficial to all regional countries.

He urged the nation to focus on education of children as they could make a strong society in future.

Azad Jammu & Kashmir Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majid, Provincial Labour Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, ministers and delegations from other countries were also present.