Rebuttal

With reference to news report published in Daily Times regarding Prime Minister’s engagements at Davos and the claim that PM was barred from speaking at Davos. Government spokesperson has strongly rebutted the news and has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was officially invited by Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab to the World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Davos and the PM held meeting with the Executive Chairman WEF where Pakistan’s economic growth and investment potential were acknowledged.

The Prime Minister held several meetings at WEF with world leaders and top executives from leading international companies including CEO of VimpelCom, Procter & Gamble, Mr. Jack Ma, President of Swiss Confederation, Prime Ministers of Sweden, Norway and Sri Lanka for publicizing Pakistan’s investment friendly environment and the tremendous investment opportunities Pakistan offers. PM also held meetings with Bill Gates on polio eradication from Pakistan and a group of top executives from leading Telecom companies.

PM also held meeting with UN Secretary General and effectively used the World Economic Forum to high light the Kashmir cause.

Spokesperson stated that PM held highly productive meetings at Davos and the news about barring the PM from any forum is not correct and is based on fictitious information.

Taking note of the daily The Times baseless news item, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has also sent a letter to the daily The Times, which is as follows:

” The Forum is happy to confirm that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Hon?ble Prime Minister of Pakistan, participated in the Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos-Klosters from 17-20 January.

The Prime Minister was invited by the World Economic Forum and his agenda was prepared in consultation with his office, keeping in mind their objectives and key priorities. This schedule included several meetings with key leaders from business and politics.

As the sixth largest country in the world, Pakistan is an important global player and the World Economic Forum looks forward to engaging the country in its system initiatives and projects through public-private cooperation.”

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Pakistan

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