Energy cooperation among ECO indispensable to achieve sustainable development: Sartaj

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ISLAMABAD : Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz says energy cooperation and connectivity among ECO countries is indispensable to achieve the goal of sustainable development.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad Thursday evening, he evinced his desire to redouble trade between the ECO countries. He said preparations have also been made for ECO regional energy market.

Sartaj Aziz said, during the recent ECO meeting, different topics were discussed with particular reference to peace and security within region. He said meeting of ECO was held in a cordial environment.

He said there is need for promotion of modern technology, cyber-linkages along with rails, roads and sea-ports to promote mutual trade.

Sartaj Aziz said with effective usage of technology, the trade amongst member states of ECO will be doubled in coming two to three years.

The Deputy Chairman said it is collective responsibility of the member states to achieve all the set targets which are part of the basic framework of the organization.

Highlighting importance of the ECO, the Deputy Chairman said the organization has potential of becoming hub of economic activities linking Europe to Central Asia to South Asia.

Secretary General ECO Haleel Ibrahim said in the 13th ECO Summit, which was held early this year in Islamabad, new dimensions and different programs were introduced by the organization under its vision 2025.

Orignally published by NNI

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