ISLAMABAD Release of Coalition Support Funds (CSF) by the US is directly tied to the issuance of Pakistani visas for the American auditors that would visit here to audit the disbursements under the CSF during the year 2009. This transpired during a briefing as well as question and answer session with visiting US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Neal S Wolin. While talking to a select group of journalists at the US Embassy here after meeting Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Wolin said, Our law requires us to audit where the money was expended before releasing the new funds. The auditors need visas, and Prime Minister Gilani has assured me today that he would personally look into the matter and expedite issuance of visas, he said answering a query about prolonging delays in release of $2 billion CSF. Asked about the number of American auditors intended to come to Pakistan for inspecting the previous disbursements under the CSF, he said, I do not know the exact number but they are certainly more than two but much less than 200 as you are suggesting. Asked whether the Government of Pakistan has any objection to the visit of the US auditors, he said it was part of the already agreed upon process. The two governments need to be in unison and a lot of work to be done together. I think we have made a significant progress in that direction, he said. Responding to an impression of widening gap between the American commitments and their fulfilment, he said, I do not agree with the perception that there was any gap between the US commitments and their subsequent discharge. I dont have any view on that, was his answer to the question about whether the US has any objection or opposition to the Pakistani plans of importing gas from Iran through a pipeline. To a question about the pledged establishment of American Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) in the affected areas bordering Afghanistan, Wolin said, As you know that needs legislation that has already been passed by the US Senate but it has yet covered half of the process. To a question about viability of the ROZs in the wake of given security situation in the planned regions, he said, I dont have any answer to that. To a question about market access, the Free Trade Agreement, Bilateral Investment Treaty, and Generalised System of Preferences, he said some of those issues had become highly controversial and political in the United States. There is nothing Pakistan specific, but there is strong political notion emerging in the US that opposes signing of free trade agreements in general. As regards the Bilateral Investment Treaty, he said the ball was in the Pakistans court. Earlier giving out the US view of Pakistans economy, he said it had surely stabilised but still it was a fragile economy with very low at 10 percent revenue to GDP ratio. Pakistan needs to improve the revenue collection to make the economic recovery sustainable, he added. He noted that improvement in the power sector was critical. He observed that business people in Pakistan were really frustrated over the power outages. He hoped that the government would duly increase the electricity tariff in April besides plugging in the line losses.