Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in Kazakhstan on Wednesday to attend the two-day 6th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia 2022 (CICA) in capital Astana.
CICA is an intergovernmental process involving 27 countries across Asia. Established in 1992, it focuses on promoting peace, security and socio-economic development in the Asian continent, and Pakistan is one of its founding members.
In a press release, the Foreign Office (FO) said that the Prime Minister will be accompanied by Cabinet members and senior officials.
Before his departure, the Prime Minister said that he believed that CICA was capable of creating a new order of economic cooperation and security in Asia through greater connectivity. “As the world faces the prospect of a recession fueled by rising energy and food prices, there is a greater need to foster engagement and understanding to build win-win partnerships,” tweeted Prime Minister Shahbaz. Climate-related disasters call for coordinated efforts for mutually beneficial outcomes.
Leaving for Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 today to attend the 6th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). I believe CICA is capable of shaping a new configuration of economic cooperation & security in Asia through greater connectivity.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 12, 2022
Vice President and Finance Minister of Kazakhstan Yerolan Zhamaubayev received the Prime Minister at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.
Members of the cabinet and senior officials are accompanying the premier on the two-day summit.
During his stay in Astana, Prime Minister Sharif will meet Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and will also attend a banquet hosted by Kazakhstan’s President Qasim Jomart Tokayev in honor of the leaders of CICA member countries.
Shahbaz will address the plenary session of CICA today where he will discuss the importance of the conference as a unique forum to promote dialogue, understanding and cooperation among countries across Asia to address common challenges.
He will also highlight Pakistan’s perspective on regional and global issues.
The Prime Minister’s participation in the summit affirms Pakistan’s importance in promoting connectivity and economic cooperation in Asia, in keeping with the objectives enshrined in the CICA Charter.
“On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of various CICA member states with the aim of promoting greater cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade, investment and energy,” the statement said.