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Pakistan calls for revisiting trade, tech regimes - The Express Tribune

Last updated Thursday, October 7, 2021 01:43 ET , Source: TopWireNews

ISLAMABAD:
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday called for revisiting the international policy frameworks governing trade, investment, finance, taxation and technology.
In a video statement at the General Debate of the 15th Quadrennial United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the foreign minister drew attention to the Covid-induced and exacerbated economic, social and public health impacts, which had resulted in unprecedented losses in domestic revenues, jobs, quantum of international trade, FDI and tourism revenues.
These developments, he said, had reduced fiscal space and liquidity for developing countries and were driving inequality within and among countries.15th Quadrennial Conference of UNCTAD is being convened concurrently in Barbados and Geneva from 4-7 October, a press release said.
Qureshi echoed the call made by the prime minister for transformative global actions that were responsive to the enormity of the triple challenges of pandemic, economic contraction and climate emergency.
The foreign minister also expressed Pakistan's support to UNCTAD for its valuable international economic policy research, assessment and options for developing countries to guard against the negative effects and benefit from the global interplay of development, trade, investment, finance and technology issues.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan desired to further strengthen bilateral ties with the United...



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