The Centre for Afghanistan, Middle East & Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized a webinar on Saudi Vision 2030: Opportunities for Pakistan. The distinguished speakers included: Ambassador Ali Awad Alasiri, former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Ambassador Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the OIC, Senator Sehar Kamran, Patron in Chief, Centre for Pakistan & Gulf Studies-CPGS, Dr. Muhammad Azam Roomi, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business & Entrepreneurship, King Abdullah Economic City. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, and Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman BOG, ISSI, also took part in the discussion.
During her opening remarks, Ms. Amina Khan, Director CAMEA said that Vision 2030 is an all-inclusive document, which follows principles of sustainable development and caters to the future needs of the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia has identified diversification of the economy as a leading factor to achieve its goals of boosting non-oil sectors and exports. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always shared close ties, primarily based on religious affinity. They also share decades-long strategic ties and have on numerous occasions supported each other both diplomatically and economically. Hence, Pakistan is well placed to benefit from Saudi economic reforms and the opportunities provided by Vision 2030.