ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday wrote letters to the ministers of nine countries, inviting them to attend the 15th CAREC Ministerial Conference.

The conference is scheduled to be held in Islamabad from 25th-26th October 2016. The CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation) brings together 10 regional countries for the purpose of economic and development cooperation.

Finance Minister, in his letters, invited the ministers along with their delegations to the conference, which will start with a senior officials’ meeting on October 25 2016 before the Ministerial Meeting on 26th. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘linking connectivity with economic transformation in CAREC.’ An Energy Investment Forum is also planned on October 24 2016.

Invitations have been sent to the Finance Ministers of Afghanistan, Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan, Chinese Finance Minister, Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Minister of Economy of Kyrgyz Republic, Finance Minister of Mongolia, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan, Minister of Economy and Development of Turkmenistan and Finance Minister of Uzbekistan, who is also the First Deputy Prime Minister of that country.