Islamabad, March 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): Ambassador Beth Jones, Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, US Department of State called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at Finance Ministry this afternoon.
The Finance Minister briefed the Ambassador on key economic reforms the present government has embarked upon and said that major economic indicators have already started reflecting marked improvements.
The Minister said that when the PML-N came into power the country was confronted with bigger challenges than in the past. But the leadership, without wasting any time charted out an economic agenda to deal with these issues. He said that we have paid Rs.500 billion of circular debt and have added 1700 MW of power into the system.
The Minister said that the industrial sector has reacted very positively to the reforms and its performance is way ahead of our expectations. He added that the government has a very clear roadmap to increase the growth rate to a satisfactory level.
Underscoring the importance of a trusting and mutually beneficial relationship, the Finance Minister noted that the relationship has improved considerably in recent months and hoped that cooperation in economic and energy sectors will be increased further.
Finance Minister also mentioned about his recent visit to Afghanistan and said that Pakistan supports a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He also informed the Ambassador of Pakistan’s contribution in different development projects undertaken in Afghanistan and hoped that these will contribute to socio-economic well being of the people of Afghanistan.
Ambassador Beth Jones briefed the Minister on her meetings with other officials and appreciated the economic performance of Pakistan. She expressed her satisfaction at the close coordination between the two countries during the recently held strategic dialogue in Washington DC. She hoped that with the prudent policies of the government, the country will come out of the economic problems.
Ambassador Jones also expressed her sympathies for the loss of precious human lives in today’s terrorist attack at the District Court Complex Islamabad.
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