Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue Haroon Khan has said Pakistan holds a very important strategic position on the world map due to its proximity to China, Russia and India and “we can become the gateway to Central Asia for oil and energy trade”.
“Our close ties with all Muslim countries and the Middle Eastern economies cannot be understated,” he said in his address to the inaugural session of the 8th Meeting of the ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) of Heads and Customs Administration held at a local hotel today.
He said ECO countries together formed a geo-politically important block. “Turkey bridges the continents of Europe and Asia while Iran is situated at the crossroads of Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. Similarly, the Central Asian Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were uniquely located on the Silk Road and Energy Corridor connecting the giant economies of China and Russia to rest of the world.”
Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General World Customs Organization; Mr. KananNazarov, Deputy Secretary General Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Azerbaijan; Mr. AydinAliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Mr. Forood Asgari, Head, Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration; Mr. Kenbayev Shyngys, Chief Expert of the International Cooperation Division,