PR No.63 PAKISTAN’S CANDIDATE FOR WHO DIRECTOR-GENERAL CALLS ON THE FINANCE MINISTER Islamabad
Dr. Sania Nishtar Pakistan’s candidate for the position of Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), called on the Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Ministry of Finance today.
Dr. Nishtar thanked the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for supporting her candidature for the position of WHO Director-General. She apprised the Finance Minister of the fact that the WHO Executive Board has selected her, by vote, as one of the final three candidates to be presented to the World Health Assembly as nominees for the post. She said that Member States will vote in a new Director-General at the World Health Assembly in May 2017. The other two final candidates are Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia and Dr. David Nabarro from the United Kingdom. She informed the Finance Minister that the final three candidates were selected by the Executive Board after interviewing five short-listed candidates.
The Finance Minister congratulated Dr. Nishtar on making it to the final round of elections for the prestigious position. He said that her strong candidature and prospective selection for the position would also help raise Pakistan’s global profile even further. He emphasized that, as per the decision of the Prime Minister, the Government of Pakistan will continue to extend full support and cooperation to Dr. Nishtar for her candidature. He conveyed his best wishes to Dr. Nishtar for the remainder of the selection process for the post.