Geneva, Switzerland: The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, held a meeting with the Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Isabel Coleman, on the sidelines of the Resilient Pakistan International Conference.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked the American government, USAID and the American people for helping the flood victims. The Prime Minister told the participants of the meeting that rain and flood water are still accumulating in several areas of Sindh and Balochistan and winter floods are causing more problems for the victims.
The Prime Minister also shed light on the government’s measures for the rehabilitation of the flood victims. The Prime Minister said that the government is working on smart agriculture and sustainable development in Pakistan in the future. The Prime Minister said that the government is trying to make the farmers prosperous and a source of foreign exchange for the country by bringing innovation in the agriculture sector.
The Prime Minister has further informed the participants about the 10,000 MW solarization project of the government and said that it is being started from the buildings of the federal government. This project will not only reduce the import bill of fuel but also generate low cost and environment friendly electricity.
Emphasizing on the strength of US-Pakistan relations, the Prime Minister said that the new era of Pakistan-US relations has begun, which are based on mutual respect and sustainable development. He said that the war against terrorism and extremism is the common goal of America and Pakistan and Pakistan has a clear and blunt stand on it.
The Prime Minister appreciated the valuable work of USAID in the development of health, education and infrastructure in Pakistan.
Isabelle Coleman briefed the Prime Minister on USAID’s efforts to help Pakistan’s flood victims, the $100 million additional aid announced today in Geneva for flood victims and the desire for Pakistan’s full cooperation in the future.
The PM has conveyed his best wishes to USAID Administrator Samatha Power and appreciated her efforts to help the flood victims.