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Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs led Pakistan delegation to the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit, hosted by Thailand, in Bangkok under the theme “One Asia diverse strengths” on 9-10 October 2016. The ACD is a forum of 34 Asian countries, which aims to strengthen regional cooperation by incorporating Asian economies, based on strengths and diversity of Asian resources and to form a single Asian Community for socio-economic uplift. Pakistan is one of the ACD founding members. While addressing the 2ndACD Summit, the Adviser highlighted the Government’s efforts for strengthening and reviving of the national economy which has started showing positive results and measurable rebound. The Adviser also ensured Pakistan’s cooperation as prime mover for leading the ACD priority area in regional connectivity, with other member States, in addition to extending cooperation in the area of culture and tourism. On regional connectivity, the Adviser highlighted the crucial role of China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s for regional integration. In conclusion the Summit adopted three outcome documents i.e. Bangkok Declaration, the Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030, and ACD statement on reigniting growth for partnership for connectivity.

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