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(2013-11-06) Mr. Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and visiting Danish Minister for International Development Cooperation H.E. MrChritianFriis Bach launched a development assistance programme for Pakistan at a ceremony held in a local hotel. Denmark will spend US $ 50 million in Pakistan during the period 2013-16 as development assistance with focus on improving institutions, bring livelihood, education and building infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Baluchistan.
Speaking on the occasion as the Guest of Honour, Mr. Tariq Fatemi said that the relations between Pakistan and Denmark are very cordial. He deeply appreciated the initiatives on development assistance in Pakistan by DANIA especially with regard to education and self-empowerment to the masses. The Danish Ministertalked about the new program in the context of Denmark’s overall development strategy: “The Right To a Better Life”. He stressed that the Danish development program framework reflected the strategic choices made to support Pakistan in its democratic transition, especially taking account of the continued conflicts in the north-western border areas.
The Danish Minister was on a two day visit to Pakistan from November 5-6, 2013. During his visit he met the Governor and the Chief Minister of Punjab in Lahore on November 5, 2013. In Islamabad he also met with Mr. Ishaq Dar, the Federal Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization.

6 November 2013

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