Islamabad, May 30, 2014 (PPI-OT): Mr. Thomas Williams, Charge’d Affairs, US Embassy in Islamabad called on the Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Ministry of Finance today to discuss bilateral economic issues and cooperation between the two countries.
The Finance Minister informed the Charge’d Affairs that the structural reforms, the new government undertook after coming into power have started to yield positive results and all economic indicators are as per our projection or even better. He said that today we have fairly stable foreign exchange reserves and buoyant stock market which shows the confidence of the business community in the economic policies.
The Finance Minister said that energy remains one of the highest priorities of the present government. In this connection the government is working on fast track to the indigenous resources to reduce the dependence on imported resources, he added.
The Finance Minister also discussed CASA-1000 Power Transmission Project and hydropower projects in Pakistan including Dasu and Diamir Basha Dam with the Charge’d Affairs.
The Charge’d Affairs assured the Finance Minister that the US would continue to maintain partnership with Pakistan and will work for peace and stability in the region. He said that we are looking forward to enhance our existing relations in all areas of mutual interest. He informed the Finance Minister that the reimbursements to Pakistan on account of Coalition Support Fund are on track.
The Charge’d Affairs expressed the hope that import of live animals from the US will be allowed by the government. In this regard, the Finance Minister said that the ECC will take appropriate decision in case of submission of summary by the relevant Ministry.
The meeting was also attended by Rana Assad Amin, Advisor to Finance Ministry and senior officials of the Ministry.
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