Islamabad (Agencies): The Pakistan Minerals Summit – Dust to Development commenced at Serena Hotel Islamabad today with Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Shareef as the Chief Guest and General Syed Asim Munir, COAS, as the guest of honor.

The summit saw the presence of relevant Federal and Provincial Ministers, foreign dignitaries, investors, and technical experts. It was jointly organized by the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) and Barrick Gold Corporation, with facilitation from the Ministry of Petroleum.

Under the theme of “Dust to Development: Investment Opportunities in Pakistan,” the day-long summit consisted of four sessions, including individual addresses, panel discussions, a keynote speech, and special addresses by the Prime Minister and the Chief of Army Staff.

The summit brought together specialists, industry leaders, and stakeholders from public and private entities to explore Pakistan’s vast mineral potential and discuss the best way forward.

Prime Minister Shareef expressed optimism, stating, “As a nation, Pakistanis have always exhibited resilience and hope, and with such initiatives, I can see the hope becoming a reality. We need to build a stronger narrative for a better future, and Pakistan’s mineral wealth offers a great opportunity for us to make our mark in the global economy. SIFC is an excellent step that can help Pakistan optimize opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment.”

General Munir shared his vision for the evolving landscape of the mining industry in Pakistan and emphasized the catalytic role of SIFC. “Difficult times are a test of a nation’s resilience. Through cohesion, steadfastness, and optimism, we will overcome prevailing challenges,” he remarked.

The summit culminated with the signing of three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), assuring opportunities for foreign investment in Pakistan’s mining industry.

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