Nigeria, Pakistan Agree To Revamp Joint Commission
Nigeria and Pakistan have agreed to revamp a joint commission to provide both countries veritable platform to strengthen economic and trade relations.
The decision was reached when President Muhammadu Buhari and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Abbasi, held talks on Saturday on the sideline of the 9th D-8 summit in Istanbul, Turkey
At the meeting, President Buhari expressed satisfaction at the level of defence and military cooperation between both countries.
He, however, agreed with the Prime Minister that there was still room to do more.
But both countries have not explored economic and trade ties, a situation President Buhari said fell short of what could be achieved.
"Nigeria-Pakistan cooperation is very historical. Military training has been very consistent and I am impressed by the efficiency of officers trained in Pakistan.
"But the performance of our countries in relation to trade and industrial cooperation had been very disappointing," President Buhari said.
"We are ardently working to promote national development through international trade, industrial growth and the improvement of infrastructure,” he stated.
One thing he wants Pakistan to do is to take full advantage of the new climate of investment promoted by his administration.
"There are a lot of opportunities, for us to harness, in the manufacturing sector, agriculture, commerce, solar energy and the electricity sector," the President said.
On the fight against terrorism, President Buhari told the Pakistani Prime Minister that Boko Haram terrorist group remains degraded.
"We have moved them out from their strongholds in the North East, we have denied them space and even their attacks on soft targets are becoming less often.
"Even the opposition recognises that there is a considerable improvement of security in the North East," he added.
Abbasi said both countries had similar prospects and challenges, including large population, key regional players in economy and security; the fight against terrorism, improving governance and the domestic economy.