London: British Secretary of Department for International Development Justine Greening called on Prime Minister of Pakistan today and discussed with him education, development and economic reforms agenda of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister informed the Secretary that the Government of Pakistan was committed to allocate more resources for the education sector of Pakistan and was determined to increase the education budget of the country from 2 percent to 4 percent during this tenure.
The Prime Minister also briefed Ms Greening on the economic reforms agenda of Pakistan and said that there were no quick fixes to improve economy and hence sustained efforts we needed. “It might take years but we are on the right track to set the economy right”, the Prime Minister said. He also said that government was not able to keep feeding the big state-owned organizations for ever. Therefore, the problems of corruption, mismanagement and overstaffing would be addressed on priority basis.
The British Secretary appreciated Prime Minister’s resolve to enhance spending on education sector and offered all possible help to educate children in Pakistan. It may be noted that DFID has been focusing on the improvement of education sector of Pakistan for the last several years. She emphasized on the need of better financial controls and fiscal discipline. To this, the Prime Minister said that a Performance Delivery Unit had been established at federal level which would keep track of all areas of economy and infrastructure development, aiming at transparency and speedy completion of projects. The Secretary said that as far as Pakistan’s economic reforms agenda was concerned, it was a right step in the right direction.