PR No. 11 Islamabad: December 1, 2016

Mr. Jean Francois Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan called on the Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar this evening.

The Minister greeted the Ambassador and said that Pakistan regards the European Union countries as good friends and excellent trade partners as Pakistan’s exports to the region have been multiplied after GSP plus status given to Pakistan. The Minister also said that he hopes that the relationship of Pakistan and European Union will also improve further in future.

The Ambassador thanked the Minister for his warm welcome and said that his stay in Pakistan has been a pleasant experience and as the security situation has improved in the country, tourists from all over the world are showing interest in visiting Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has a great potential to improve tourism, which should be realized by the government.

The EU Ambassador also briefed the Minister that the European Union is preparing to offer an Electoral Reform Package (15 million Euros) to train and assist the Election Commission of Pakistan to manage the next elections in the most efficient and transparent manner. On this the Minister also shared that in Pakistan the Electoral Reforms Committee has also done extensive work with participation from all political parties and wide consultation with the members of the Civil society and it is expected that there will a positive development soon in the introduction of a comprehensive law regarding the electoral process in Pakistan.

The Finance Minister assured the Ambassador that his support and assistance will be available in all possible ways to strengthen the bilateral relations between Pakistan and the European Union.