ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the key to Pakistans economic development lies in trade and not aid. He said this during briefing, given by the Advisory Panel of Economists of the Planning Commission, at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. Briefing the media about the meeting, the Spokesperson of the President Farhatullah Babar said that the President exchanged ideas with the economists panel on a host of economic issues ranging from public-private partnership, poverty alleviation, re-distribution of wealth to rehabilitation of internally displaced people and job creation. The economists, who participated in the meeting, were Chairman of the Advisory Panel Dr Hafiz A Pasha, Dr Rehana Siddiqui, Dr Akmal Hussain, Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Dr Naseer Ali Khan, Riaz Riazuddin and Qaiser Bangali. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to President, Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Farrukh Qayyum, Secretary EAD and Ashraf M Hayat, Secretary Planning Commission also attended the meeting. The President said that efforts were afoot to persuade the international Community particularly the US and the EU to allow greater market access to our products to boost employment and economic activity in the country. The President informed the advisory panel that he had raised this matter during his visit to the US, UK and France with the leadership of these countries. He said that the UK Prime Minister had even written a personal letter to the EU to take up this matter on priority basis at the forthcoming summit in Brussel on June 17. He said that President Sarkozi of France and the US leadership had also assured him to help Pakistan in this matter. The President said that state-owned vast tracts were available in different parts of the country, which lay un-utilised but could be developed for agricultural purposes. He said that there was a rudimentary proposal to allot these state lands to poor rural women and develop them for farming on public-private partnership basis. The President advised the economists to study the proposal and make a workable plan for its implementation. President Asif Ali Zardari said that the government was planning to adopt the Alaskan model of public-private partnership in which the people are made partners and stakeholders in a developmental project. He advised the economists to give a plan for further refining this concept in the context of Pakistan. He said that militancy and extremism could be fought best by including the general public and stakeholders in economic projects.