Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, was received by Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the kingdom Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday.
PM Shehbaz held talks with the Saudi crown prince to review the longstanding fraternal relations, with a view to further strengthening the multifaceted cooperation, especially in the economic field, according to a Foreign Office statement.
Soon after the “excellent” meeting the crown prince, the premier took to Twittet, saying: “We agreed to upgrade and enhance bilateral ties and fraternal bonds.”
Just had excellent meeting with HRH Cown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. We agreed to upgrade & enhance bilateral ties & fraternal bonds b/w 🇵🇰 & 🇸🇦 to new heights in line with the requirements of changing world. I told HRH people of Pakistan are eagerly looking forward to his visit.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 25, 2022
Earlier, PM Shehbaz while addressing ‘Future Investment Initiative’ in the Saudi capital underlined the need for combined efforts to explore the true potential of clean energy resources, coupled with utilisation of modern tools and technical gadgets to fully harness the talents of young generations and explore future avenues for progress and prosperity.
The prime minister said that clean energy potential would be the new driver of economic prosperity and stressed the world community to come forward and support these joint efforts.
“Nothing could be of more importance to us than this very challenge: how to ensure that our collective tomorrow is better than our today. And that we are ready for it; that we have the tools, skills and technology which enables us not just to navigate the complex world of tomorrow – but to also shape it today in a manner that has the most beneficial impact on humanity,” he added.
He said that they were living through truly transformational times, adding throughout history such times have triggered political, social environmental and economic changes. These changes had been powered by imagination, innovation and action.
“Yes bold, decisive and consequential action. But the pace of transformation and change was never as swift as it is today. With the power of technology driving the world towards a future few could imagine in the past, we are well positioned to harness the dynamics of change,” he added.
PM Shehbaz said tech power is a great equaliser. “It could cut through social, cultural and financial barriers and empower those who are equipped to leverage it.”
The prime minister emphasised taking of innovative and bold steps in the technological fields which had brought about consequential changes in every sector of life.
The latest technological innovations had been driving the world to such changes which were hardly thought of in the past, he added.
In Pakistan, he said that he had seen with a sense of deep satisfaction how young women and men were crafting their careers – and boosting their earning power – by using tech in the diverse field within the larger digital matrix like e-commerce.
“I believe Pakistan is uniquely placed to leverage this change. We have one of the youngest populations in the world. Most of these youngsters are equipped with the tools of the new digital world. They are hungry for more skills and more opportunities. Their talent is already recognised, Pakistan is the fourth most popular country for freelancing,” he added.