ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar said Thursday that Pakistan has become a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Youth Council.
"Pakistani youth will now be able to represent their country at the SCO Youth Council meetings and its exchange programs," Dar said in a video message on Twitter, adding that the Pakistani youth will also take part in the skill development programs of the SCO Youth Council.
Pakistan has been able to get the permanent membership of the council due to all-out efforts made by the central government over the last two years, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's personal interest and initiatives for the youth, the official added.
He said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played a vital role in achieving this important membership.
Experts in the country believe that the membership will give Pakistani youth access to the international opportunities and empower them socially and economically. The council will also assist young members to find employment and business opportunities in various sectors across the world, they said. Enditem