Australian envoy hails conclusion of Pak-IMF agreement

ISLAMABAD: May 13 - Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan in a meeting with H.E. Ms. Margaret Adamson, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP):Australian Ambassador Margaret Adamson Monday termed the conclusion of an agreement between the International Monetary Fund and Pakistan a major step forward, which would send a signal to markets across the globe that the country was determined to bring reforms.
In a meeting with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, she said,”We welcome that Pakistan is moving ahead and we will continue our efforts to impart skills training for improvement of the human resource and supporting development process in the country.”
“We also commend the progress on National Action Plan and would further encourage efforts in that regard,” she added.
Dr Firdous said both the countries enjoyed a long standing and growing relationship underpinned by ever-growing people-to-people contacts.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, she said, represented the face of Pakistan, who was bent upon bringing much needed reforms in various sectors and institutions to address the core issues of the country.
Dr Firdous also stressed the need for strengthening collaboration and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of media, information and culture.
She said, “We would like our television plays and films to be telecast in Australia so that the people there could learn about the values and culture of Pakistan”.
The special assistant reiterated that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government firmly believed in fundamental right of freedom of expression. The independence enjoyed by media in Pakistan was unprecedented, she added.
She said both the nations shared passion for sports and arts, and “we need to further reinforce cooperation in these sectors”.
Dr Firdous said Pakistan-Australia trade in 2017 stood at $ 1.83 billion so there was a need to further strengthen the bilateral economic partnership.
The Australian high commissioner said, “We have a joint trade committee and we
should further focus on maintaining the momentum of bilateral partnership.”