Pakistan PM Imran Khan's Davos Trip Was Sponsored By Two Of His Businessmen Friends: Reports
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his trip was sponsored by two of his friends and well-known businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry, terming his participation in the recently held World Economic Forum (WEF) as the "cheapest" official visit,
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Said That His Davos Trip Was Sponsored By Two Of His Businessmen Friends
New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his trip was sponsored by two of his friends and well-known businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry, terming his participation in the recently held World Economic Forum (WEF) as the "cheapest" official visit,
Imran Khan said his trip cost 10 times less than those of the previous leaders, Dawn news said in a report, while addressing the 'Breakfast at Davos', an event jointly organised by Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group on Thursday,
The Prime Minster recalled that his trip to the UN General Assembly last November that cost $160,000 was cheaper than the visits of former President Asif Zardari ($1.4 million), former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif ($1.3 million) and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ($800,000).
Imran Khan said: "He is instrumental in getting me here. Otherwise, I would not have burdened my government to pay a sum of $450,000 for two nights", while thanking Mr Sehgal, a retired military officer and chairman of the Pathfinder Group,
Repeating that this was an "austerity programme", Imran Khan said the government should rely on the over nine million Pakistanis residing overseas.
He further stated "The GDP of those nine million overseas Pakistanis in my opinion is almost 50 per cent of Pakistan's (overall) GDP of 200 million people. So we can use this resource and they can sponsor these things,"
The Prime Minister said he had also stopped his ministers from going on junkets, Dawn news reported.
Moreover, he stated "Whenever they say they want to go somewhere, I immediately cancel the trip until they convince me that it will be productive for the country. I don't allow them to go anywhere,"
To be able to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting, a person has to be invited - in which case the event is free - or has to be a member of the Forum.
A membership of the WEF costs about $60,000 to $600,000, plus an additional fee needed to acquire an attendance badge, which runs about $27,000 per person to get into the conference.
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