Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday virtually addressed the 10th D8 leadership summit in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the Developing-8 (D-8) countries on to develop a strategy to fight with the economic and health crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We must mobilise financing and resources to recover robustly from the economic and health crises induced by Covid pandemic.”
“We must come up with a strategy to deal with the emergency posed by the pandemic.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized upon the members of the Developing Eight (D8) countries to join hands and facilitate their young population to not only “optimise our opportunities, but also overcome our common challenges”.
“Today, the world boasts the largest number of young people in history. Even before the pandemic struck, around one-fifth of the global youth was unemployed and did not have the education and the skills to equip them for the 21st century,” regretted PM Imran Khan.
As automation substitutes for labour across the world, the labour-intensive economies of D-8 face challenges of unemployment and social disruption
Terming technological development essential in today’s era, the premier called for promoting knowledge based economies and increasing expenditure on research and development.
“We must also work towards improving the lives of citizens by promoting food security, and supporting each other in times of crisis,” he stressed.