ISLAMABAD - Federal Information Minister Sherry Rehman Friday said the government was all set to enhance cross-cultural exchanges with special focus on arts and artisans. She was the chief guest at the launching ceremony of the exhibition titled "Colours of Bangladesh" organised jointly by Bangladesh High Commission and Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). "Its very encouraging to see artists from our neighbouring countries visiting Pakistan and displaying their splendid pieces of artworks," she observed while appreciating the work of Bangladeshi artists. "It's even more encouraging to see Bangladeshi artists arranging exhibitions in Karachi, besides Islamabad. Karachi is my hometown and I feel proud to see artwork going on there," the Minister observed. She recalled, "I always have had profound and deep love for paintings. I still remember when I got married, I lobbied to get the paintings of Bangladesh's eminent artist Zainul Abideen from my mother, instead of dowry." I come from a family that adores arts and artisans, she added. Bangladeshi High Commissioner Yasmeen Murshid appreciated Sherry's keen interest in arts and beauty. She also paid homage to the eminent Bangladeshi artists for extending their active contributions in organising the event. She specifically mentioned the names of four prominent artists who had come from Bangladesh to attend the launching ceremony including Rafique Nabi, Nasreen Begum, Fareha Zeba and Shahnaz Plamondon. "We, the Bangladeshis, are very proud of our cultural traditions and our brotherly ties with Pakistan. I'm deeply obliged by the management of PNCA for helping us to launch the exhibition," Yasmeen stated. Speaking on the occasion, Director General (PNCA) Naeem Tahir said that PNCA was making extensive arrangements to attract exhibits across the globe. The artists from China, Japan, Netherlands and other European states had arranged exhibitions at PNCA that demonstrates PNCA unwavering resolve to promote arts and artisan, he asserted. Later, Yasmeen Murshid presented a souvenir to Sherry Rehman. A large number of diplomats, foreigners and representatives of electronic and print media attended the event.