ISLAMABAD  - President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday appreciated efforts being made by the Government to pull the country out of its present economic difficulties.

The President expressed the confidence that the government would continue to strive for the welfare of people as well as improve the economic profile of the country commensurate to its potential.

He expressed these views while talking to Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar who called on him at the President House and apprised him about the overall economic situation in the country.

The Finance Minister informed the President about the recent annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington where he met Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, Finance Ministers of Afghanistan, Iran, Qatar and UK on the sidelines and discussed with them matters of bilateral economic cooperation.

Senator Ishaq Dar also apprised about his meetings with international financial institutions, banks, rating agencies, heads of OPIC, USAID, IFC and senior management of IMF and World Bank.

Dar said that the economic measures taken by the present government had been appreciated by the international community which has once again started looking towards Pakistan as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment.

The international financial institutions, he said, were now favourably inclined to invest in Pakistan in line with the priorities set by the government.

The Finance Minister assured the President that the government was committed to improve the economic conditions of the people and was following strict financial discipline, prudent policies,transparency, austerity, and accountability.