Islamabad, May 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): Mr. Philip Barton, British High Commissioner to Pakistan called on the Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Finance Ministry today. The High Commissioner informed the Finance Minister that the visit by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to United Kingdom had a very positive impact on enhancing cooperation between the two countries.
The High Commissioner also informed the Minister that the business meeting held in London went very well and provided an opportunity to stock markets and fund managers to know about the development taking place in Pakistan. He added that it reflects the confidence of the international investors which is growing each day in favour of Pakistan because of the prudent economic policies of the present government.
Mr. Richard Montgomery, Country Head of Department for International Development (DFID) of UK who accompanied the High Commissioner discussed issues related to aid from UK and social safety programmes. He said that with the focus of the present government to social safety programmes, we are encouraged that the government is not only pro-business but it is also pro-people.
The Finance Minister said that the government believes in poverty alleviation and will take all necessary steps to help the poor people. He also mentioned about recently announced Prime Minister’s schemes for youth. He added that these steps will help reduce the poverty and promote economic activity in the country.
The Finance Minister said that the government will continue with its reform agenda for the sake of the people of Pakistan. The meeting was also attended by Rana Assad Amin, Advisor to Finance Division and other senior officials of the Finance Ministry.
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