Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged world the community to focus on trade and not aid for the economic development.

Addressing a high-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York‚ he said the development agenda should not be based on aid alone.

He said that he is an advocate of trade and not aid‚ market access‚ economic partnerships‚ transfer of technology and scientific know-how.

The Prime Minister said he is against aid because it creates dependency and stunts the growth of states.

PM Nawaz Sharif said his government is giving incentives to the private sector to generate maximum employment in the country.

Meanwhile‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has outlined the goals and targets at his government to promote sustainable energy in Pakistan.

He was speaking in a trilateral meeting on Sustainable Energy for All with the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg‚ and Danish Minister for International Development Christian Bach on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.

During the meeting‚ it was agreed that the three countries would push for a goal on Sustainable Energy for all as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Nawaz Sharif highlighted that Pakistan national framework is aimed at generation of inexpensive energy‚ exploitation of renewable and sustainable energy potential and a culture of energy conservation and responsibility.

The prime minister said energy issue the highest priority of his government.

The Norwegian Prime Minister assured the Pakistani leader that he would encourage the private sector and business houses as his country to look at the of investment opportunities in energy sector of Pakistan.

PM Nawaz Sharif also held a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York‚ and discussed bilateral ties including energy cooperation.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues particularly the challenges being faced by the Islamic Ummah.

They agreed that Afghanistan's neighbours need to work closely with the Afghan government and support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led political process.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York and discussed cooperative relationship between the two countries.

They discussed regional developments and also underlined the need for close bilateral cooperation to counter terrorism.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also met with founder of Microsoft Company Bill Gates.

Bill Gates said his organization will fully assist Pakistan for eradication of polio from the country.