ISLAMABAD, 23 April (TNS): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today received a high level delegation comprising of ambassadors of C-4 Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) at Prime Minister’s Office.
The delegation included H.E. Mr. Eloi Laourou, Permanent Representative/Ambassador Permanent Mission of Benin, H.E. Mr. Dieudonne Windewouga Desire Sougouri, PR/Ambassador Permanent Mission of Bukina Faso, H.E. Mr. Mamadou Konate, PR/Ambassador Permanent Mission of Mali, H.E. Mrs. Ngarbatoninan Solalta Marie, First Counselor, Charge d’ Affairs Mission of Chad and others. Mr. Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Minister for National Food Security, Dr. Syed Tauqir Shah, Ambassador/PR Permanente Mission of Pakistan to the WTO and senior officials were also present during the meeting.
C-4 countries provide 3% of the world cotton production and 8% of world cotton export. Pakistan and C-4 countries share many similarities in cotton production. The visit of the delegation is aimed at promoting mutual cooperation and putting in place a robust framework for the exchange of expertise and knowledge to cope with the challenges of climate change, enhancement of cotton production and productivity, pest and disease management and improvement of crop varieties and production technologies.
Mr. Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Minister for National Food Security, presented an overview of the cotton crop production in the country and its contribution towards national economy.
The Prime Minister observed that greater cooperation in the area of cotton production and value addition would be mutually beneficial for all the parties. He assured Government’s full support in putting in place a mechanism for enhanced cooperation in cotton production, disease management, value addition and mutual sharing of expertise and research in the sector.