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Ambassadors of Norway and Netherlands Calls on Speaker National Assembly

Islamabad: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly has underlined the need for diversity cooperation between Pakistan and Norway for mutual benefits of both the nations. She stressed for Norwegian support in Hydro-Power sector in order to overcome the energy crises in Pakistan. The Speaker was talking to Ms. Cecilie Landsverk, Norwegian Ambassador in Parliament House, today.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its existing cordial relations with Norway which has always been supportive of Pakistan in need of hour. She said that Norwegian support during the August, 2011 unprecedented rains in Sindh was highly commendable.

She said that the miseries of the flood effectees in Sindh still persist, therefore, support from international community’s support was require. She also asked for Norway’s support in socio-economic, health and education sectors.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza emphasized the need for enhancing cooperation and interaction between the parliaments and parliamentarians of both the countries. She said that a bipartisan women parliamentarian’s caucus has been established under her patronage which had worked for creating gender parity, helped passage of various pro-women legislation besides achieving breakthrough on women policing, compulsory education for children and creating job opportunities for women. She said that dialogue between Parliamentarians of both the countries would help to learn from their experiences.

Ms. Cecilie Landsverk, the Norwegian Ambassador said that her country also attaches importance to Pakistan being an important nation in the region and expressed her country’s desire to further cement existing ties through people-to-people contacts and cooperation in social and economic sectors.

She said that Norway has an expertise in Hydro-power sector, therefore, it would willingly help Pakistan in construction of hydro-power projects to meet its energy deficit. She further apprised the Speaker about the cooperation in health and education sectors and rehabilitation process in flood-torn areas of Sindh. She said that Norwegian investors would certainly benefit from pro-investment policies in Pakistan.

Later Ambassador of Mr. Hugo Gajus Scheltma called on Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House. While talking to the Dutch Ambassador, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches importance to its relations with Netherlands and desire to enhance them through bilateral economic and parliamentary cooperation.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that both the countries have huge economic potential which needed to be exploited for mutual benefit. She said that regular interaction between the parliamentarians and trading communities of both the countries would be helpful in exploring avenues of possible cooperation. She thanked Dutch support in FoD forum and devastation in Pakistan.

Ambassador of Netherlands Mr. Hugo Gajus Scheltma agreed with Madam Speaker and said that his government also strongly desires to have congenial relations with Pakistan. He said that Dutch and Pakistani business communities were in regular contact which would help in collaboration in various fields. He assured Madam Speaker of his country’s support for Pakistan in health, education, fisheries, manufacturing and economic sectors.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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