Islamabad, September 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited Islamabad and had meetings with Mr. Mohammed Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning and Development and Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
In the meeting with Mr. Mohammed Ishaq Dar, Mr. Kiuchi welcomed the economic reforms being pursued by the Government of Pakistan, and encouraged the government to continue these reforms. They also exchanged views on Japan’s bilateral economic cooperation and investment from the Japanese private sector.
Mr. Kiuchi and Mr. Iqbal exchanged views on Pakistan’s current economic situation and its future vision for development. On the premises of the Planning and Development Division, Mr. Kiuchi visited the site of the solar generation system. This system was financed by Japan’s grant in 2010, and is the first solar generation system that is connected to the national grid in the country.
In the meeting with Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Mr. Kiuchi had an exchange of views on Japan-Pakistan bilateral relations as well as regional situation and international issues.
Mr. Kiuchi expressed Japan’s wish to further develop its friendship and cooperation with the new government of Pakistan. He also expressed that the Government of Japan was convinced that Pakistan would overcome security and economic issues based on democracy and further contribute to peace and stability in the region.
Mr. Kiuchi visited the National Power Control Center in Islamabad, which is one of the sites of the “Load Dispatch System Upgrade Project.” Japan has been providing a concessional loan worth approximately \ 3.9 billion (approximately Rs. 3.9 billion) for this project since 2005. The project is now about to be completed and has improved stability and efficiency of power transmission in the country. It is an example of Japan’s focus on the energy sector in its development assistance to this country
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Embassy of Japan
53-70, Ramna 5/4, Diplomatic Enclave 1
Pakistan (P.O. Box 1119, Islamabad, Pakistan)