ISLAMABAD: British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew has invited Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar to attend the Family Planning Summit next month in London.
The invitation was extended during a meeting between the finance minister and British high commissioner here late Friday, says a press release issued on Saturday.
The Department for International Development of the UK will jointly host the summit with the United Nations Fund for Population Welfare and the Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation.
Dar thanked the high commissioner for the invitation and said that family planning was an important policy area for Pakistan, being a country with a large population.
He said that the government of Pakistan would like to benefit from the ideas to be presented in the summit.
The High Commissioner felicitated the minister on successful presentation of budget 2017-18 and expressed his government’s support for efforts aimed at enhancing inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
The minister on the occasion also appreciated the continued support being provided by the British government for different initiatives and projects in Pakistan, aimed at economic development and wellbeing of the people in different spheres.
He said Pakistan wanted to grow its ties with the UK. He assured to extend all support for efforts aimed at augmenting economic cooperation between the two friendly countries.
He said Pakistan had set eyes on economic growth and looked to all its development partners to strengthen the measures to achieve this objective. He appreciated the resolve and deep interest evinced by Thomas Drew for promoting Pak-UK economic relations. Secretary Finance and Secretary Economic Affairs Division also attended the meeting.