PR No .240 Call on by Ambassador of Argentina Ivan Ivanissevich to the Minister of State Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman today. Islamabad

Minister of State welcomed the H.E. Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich as he has been reappointed as the Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan, the second time, after 8 years of his previous tenure.

Ambassador of Argentina said that they want to collaborate in trade, cultural and educational programs with Pakistan. He said that there are certain problems faced by Argentina in the realm of education and there is no harm in discussing them. Because honesty always leads you to the better destinations, said the Ambassador.  Literacy rate and quality of education was way better in Argentina back in 60’s, but now the literacy rate has gone down to 85% from 99%, which is a big concern for us.  Moreover he said that we have certain socio-economic problems as well in our country due to which our education system has been affected. He said that he and his team from the Embassy of Argentina in Pakistan would like to work with the Government of Pakistan in the education sector. He offered to give lectures/talks in schools, colleges and universities to share his wide experience of education with Pakistani Students. He told the Minister of State that as an academician he has already taught International Relations in Quaid e AzamUniversity in his previous tenure.

Minister of State welcomed the offer of H.E Mr. Ivan to give talks in schools, colleges and universities here. He said that people here, know very little about Latin America and it would be a great opportunity for them to learn from your broad experience to know about this region of the World. He also asked the H.E to pursue the accords/agreements signed between the two countries in order to have better exchange programs between the two.  We should have exchange programs of students and teachers, collaboration in research and scholarships for the students in both the countries, said the Minister. Moreover he said that there are certain problems in our education system, but things are getting improved now. And as you have mentioned already that socio-economic factors do affect the system of education of any country, stated the Minister. He further told the Ambassador about the current scenario of education in Pakistan.

In the end, Minister of State presented the token to appreciation to the Ambassador of Argentina.