Statement by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, at the Thematic Session on “Connectivity of Think Tanks” Belt and Road Forum (BRF) International Cooperation, Beijing, China

Honourable Chairperson,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The One Belt One Road (OBOR) concept is the most significant transformative initiative in recent human history. Through focus on connectivity of infrastructure including roads, rail links, sea routes, ports, and connectivity of policy, trade and finance, we are observing a phenomenon which has few historical parallels. This initiative is a harbinger of shared hopes, common prosperity and win-win cooperation among the people of the World. In a civilizational sense, the true impact of this initiative will be in the realm of thoughts, ideas and cultures. The Think Tanks are the breeding grounds for these elements. Hence, this dialogue of Think Tanks is an extremely important, cross-cutting segment of the OBOR Summit.

Pakistan lauds the spirit of the OBOR initiative. The concept of shared partnerships, and voluntary cooperation are the basic principles of the Belt and Road Vision. China has created the necessary cooperative mechanisms and brought its intellectual, technological and financial resources to make it a reality. It is for us, the participating countries of this Forum, to carry this initiative forward and play our due role in realizing its true potential.

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