APP59-29 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - French Ambassador to Pakistan Ms. Martine Dorance called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar. APP

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Ambassador of France to Pakistan Martine Dorance called on Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Tuesday and discussed matters of bilateral interest.

The Ambassador was accompanied by the French Political and Press Councilor and the Head of Economic Department at the French Embassy.

The Finance Minister welcomed the French Ambassador and her colleagues and appreciated the long standing friendly relationship between Pakistan and France, said a statement issued here.

Ishaq Dar said that the economic cooperation between Pakistan and France would not only continue but would further grow and strengthen in future.

The French Ambassador thanked the Finance Minister for the warm welcome.

She also appreciated the efforts being made by Pakistan to introduce reforms in various sectors which provided macroeconomic stability to the country.

She appreciated the efforts of the current government to introduce international best practices in the country and improve governance through action against corruption and bribery.

The French Ambassador also informed the Finance Minister about the interest shown by the French investors in supporting clean energy projects of Pakistan and said that the French Agency for International Development (ADF) is keen to support Pakistan in developing clear energy projects which can contribute effectively towards Climate Change initiatives.

The Finance Minister appreciated the continued cooperation which Pakistan receives from the French Agency for Development.

The Finance Minister informed that Pakistan is actively engaged with the OECD and has recently signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance and is considering to join the OECD convention on combating bribery.

The French Ambassador said that Pakistan’s ongoing engagements with the OECD are an important signal to international community about Pakistan’s commitment to improve governance and transparency.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and the Economic Affairs Division.