RAWALPINDI: The members from Central Asian Republics including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan visited Pakistan on invitation of Government of Pakistan from March19-24 on the invitation of National Security Division (NSD), Prime Minister Secretariat assured to extend full support to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation in promoting this sector which is the back bone of country’s economy. They were speaking at a luncheon reception given in their honor by PTDC at Flashman Hotel on Friday noon.
Referring to the proposals given by the PTDC Managing Director, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor Khan, the delegates assured that their countries would form workable and joint groups with PTDC in order to take some measures to support tourism sector in Pakistan. The delegates in their separate remarks also appreciated the services and efforts of PTDC MD.The delegates said that after holding consultations with their respective governments they would ink accord with PTDC. The entire process of working jointly with PTDC would be started in near future as they stated.
The Uzbekistan delegate in his remarks said that his country has already started flights between Lahore and Tashkent and will try to start similar kind of flights in other cities of Pakistan as well.
Kygyzstan Baidoletov Nuradit viewed that Pakistan is a beautiful country which possess variety of indigenous culture, high mountains, valleys, rivers, scenic beauty convincing the foreign people to visit this country.
While referring to the warm welcome accorded to them by PTDC Managing Director, the delegation members specially referred to the beautiful arrangements made at Flashman’s which was tastefully decorated. The PTDC on the occasion also arranged acultural show comprising dance performances and folk music was also organized at the venue and the delegates liked it very much.
Managing Director PTDC Ch. Abdul Ghafoor while addressing the gathering said that this visit of delegation will further strengthen the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Central Asian States. Pakistan is blessed with countless tourism opportunities available for all kind of tourists. The people of Pakistan are most hospitable people and
He added that Visa on Arrival Facility will be introduced for group tourists for more countries and investment opportunities / projects for joint venture in Tourism & Hospitality sector of Pakistan will be shared among potential investors of CARs. He recommended that fully sponsored scholarship opportunities should be offered to youth in undergraduate / graduate degree in tourism and hospitality sector.
Uzbek delegation is headed by Former Vice Prime Minister and Chairman of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ikramov Adham Ilhamovich. Kyrgyz delegation led by Deputy Director, National Institute of Strategic Studies Baidoletov Nuradil Esenbekovich. Georgiy Dubovtsev is the Head of Kazakhstan delegation who is Deputy Minister for Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies. Dr. Khudaberdi Kholiqnazar, State Minister Level for Center for Strategic Studies, leads Tajikistan delegation whereas Merdan Bayramdurdyyev, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy is heading the delegation of Turkmenistan.