ISLAMABAD - A high level Pakistan-Japan policy dialogue would be held in February this year where cooperation in industrial and agricultural sectors would be especially taken up for discussion.

Japanese Ambassador Takashi Korai said this in a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Miftah Ismail here Friday. At the outset of the meeting, Takashi Korai felicitated Miftah Ismail on assuming his new responsibilities and wished him the best in his tenure.

The Japanese diplomat praised Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate the scourge of terrorism. Adviser Finance welcomed Japan’s technical support in the spheres of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing. This, he said, would supplement Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism.

There was also discussion between Adviser Finance and Takashi Korai about empowerment of youth through skill development.

Adviser Finance called upon Takashi Korai for efforts to encourage more Japanese companies to invest in Pakistan. He assured him full support for such efforts.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of France Marc Barety also called Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Miftah Ismail. Ambassador Marc Barety discussed with the Adviser matters concerning Pak-France economic cooperation besides other matters of mutual interest.

Adviser Miftah Ismail said both countries have always enjoyed cordial relations and there is scope for furtherance of their economic partnership. He assured the French Ambassador his all out support for efforts aimed at enhancing bilateral economic cooperation. Ambassador of UAE, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Alzaabi also called on Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Miftah Ismail.

Ambassador Hamad discussed with the Adviser matters concerning Pak-UAE collaboration in different spheres. He said there was need to foster collaboration in health and education sectors which would ultimately help promote human resource development. He also exchanged views with the Adviser on Dubai Expo.

Adviser Miftah Ismail assured the Ambassador of his full support in endeavours to strengthen Pak-UAE relations and overall cooperation. He said Pakistan companies and businessmen have been taking active part in exhibitions in UAE and would participate in such events in future also. He said collaboration in the education and health sectors was indeed important and focus would be laid on these areas in future.