ISLAMABAD – President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zubair F. Tufail congratulated  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his successful visit to Astana, Kazakhstan and participation in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit and obtaining its permanent membership.

He further said that the permanent membership is another milestone of the Prime Minister which will strengthen deep-rooted historical and cultural links as well as strong economic and strategic relations with all the members’ countries of the SCO including Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

He further added that Pakistan had been actively participating in the organization’s activities as an observer member since 2005 and that it fully subscribes to the “Shanghai Spirit”. While explaining the objectives of the Organization, he added that the SCO is functioning to strengthen mutual trust, friendship, encourage effective cooperation in politics, trade and economy, science and technology, culture, education, energy, transportation, ecology peace, security and stability among the countries.-Online