On the occasion of the Independence Day of Pakistan which falls on August 14, H E K KAhsanWagan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman, has issued the following message.
On the auspicious occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan, I have the privilege to extend heartiest felicitations to all Pakistanis community members residing in the Sultanate of Oman.
Pakistan and Oman enjoy historical bonds of affinity and kinship. The relations are strongly pegged on common faith, culture and values. I am confident that these would continue to grow further in times ahead under the able and sagacious leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Sultan of Oman.
At this critical time when the world is witnessing the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, I would appreciate the efforts and timely decisions made by the Government of Oman in tackling the serious global health challenge. Let me also acknowledge the generosity of the Government of Oman vis-à-vis medical facilities extended to Pakistani community members who contracted COVID-19 infections.
I am happy to share with my community members that Pakistan has successfully and effectively faced the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. Our leadership’s concept on ‘smart lockdown’ has been greatly acknowledged and appreciated by the World Health Organization and other international agencies. Our exports have witnessed a substantial growth, whereas, globally exports of majority countries have declined.
Let me also highlight the prominent and unprecedented contribution made by Oman-based Pakistani diaspora by trusting Roshan Digital Account as well as remitting a record US$1,083mn during last fiscal year (2020-21) to Pakistan. It reflects the belief of Pakistani diaspora in Pakistani leadership’s vision of transformed Pakistan which is centred around economic security with focus on three pillars: i) connectivity; ii) providing economic bases as development strategy; and iii) peace within our borders and beyond.
I would like so state that Pakistan is now focused on optimally utilising its geo-economic location – at the crossroads of Middle East, South and Central Asia – to advance the goals of national economic development. Pakistan offers itself as an economic hub/melting pot for positive global interests.
In the global changing dynamics, our leadership’s focus is on geo-economics and with this background, Pakistan has heavily invested on connectivity. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship programme, which is geo-strategic connecting point between South/Central Asia, Eastern China, Middle East and North Africa.
When viewed individually and collectively, Pakistan and Oman are both strategic partners and may explore areas for joint investment/joint ventures in the fields such as agriculture, livestock, CPEC/Gwadar related projects, IT, education, defence and health. Pakistan and Oman may complement each other to achieve economic development and progress for larger benefit of the people of two brotherly countries. Live long Pak-Oman Friendship!
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