PR No.158 Ms. Margaret Adamson, The High Commissioner Of Australia Called On The Federal Minister For Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar This Afternoon Islamabad: April 19, 2016

The Minister greeted the guest and said that Pakistan highly values its relationship with Australia. The Minister shared with the Australian High Commissioner the achievements and progress attained in the different economic sectors during the current tenure of the government.

Ms. Adamson expressed that she had been impressed by the role played by the Ministry of Finance for the uplift of the economy and specially the expert management of the revenue collection system. The High Commissioner said that the efforts of the         Government of Pakistan for the improvement of the economy have been acknowledged by all stakeholders including multilateral and bilateral development partners. The progress made by Pakistan with regard to the ongoing IMF program was also widely acknowledged and appreciated, she said.

Ms. Adamson also discussed with the Minister, a proposal by the Government of Australia to provide assistance in research and data collection and service delivery     techniques for the improvement of tax collection services in the country. The Finance     Minister directed FBR to look into the proposal and suggest the way forward keeping in view the requirements of the country and the technicalities involved.

The meeting was also attended by the SAPM on Revenue Mr. Haroon Akhtar, Chairman FBR Nisar Mohammad Khan and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance.