Friends of Democratic Pakistan Team Meets Dr. Shaikh

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Islamabad: Ambassadors of United States, Germany, Japan and High Commissioner of United Kingdom, members of the friends of democratic Pakistan met with the federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh here this morning in Islamabad.

While talking to them the Finance Minister said that the Present democratic government attaches tremendous importance to the resolution of the energy issue in the country as energy is related to the overall security and the democratic set up in the country.

He said that with a coordinated effort of line ministries we have formulated an energy sector recovery programme. He said that in a broader sense certain aspect of the energy issue is related to economy and social development and ultimately to the democratic set up in Pakistan.

He also apprised the FODP team of economic reforms in the realm of macro-economic stability framework, with main focus on the Energy Sector recovery programme.

The Ambassadors of the FODP countries and the Finance Minister were unanimous about the nature of FODP as a political forum not a donor club having any economic agenda, and their discussions thus went on to discuss measures to strengthen bonds of cooperation’s between FODP and democratic Pakistan, and they maintained that strong Pakistan meant a democratic Pakistan.

The Minister asserted that the FODP should focus on terrorism which is variably and invariably hampering the economic development of the country.

The Finance Minister apprised the diplomats of the steps taken by the government for upgrading the level of development in the province of Balochistan, which included, the doubling of the funds, allocation of more resources and recruitment of youth in the public sector organization and government departments, and he highlighted the educational programme also going there.

To keep a perpetual liaison between the diplomat based in Islamabad of FODP countries and Pakistan, the meeting concluded on the formation of a committee comprising representatives of Ministry of Commerce, Water and Power, Planning Commission, Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs Division. This committee shell review the progress and achievements and status of the implementation of reports.

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