ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and United States on Saturday agreed that Islamabad would host working Group on Economy and Finance meeting and Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council would likely be held in the USA. US Ambassador Richard G. Olson and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar discussed it here on Saturday. Daniela Ballard, US Embassy’s Economic Counsellor, accompanied the Ambassador.

The US envoy exchange views with Minister Dar on the schedule of meetings of Pak-US Working Group on Economy and Finance as well as TIFA (Trade & Investment Framework Agreement) Council. Both sides viewed that these events had great significance in furthering Pak-US economic cooperation. They agreed that schedule of both the meetings would be decided with mutual consultations. Pakistan will host the Working Group meeting while TIFA would likely be held in the USA. The minister briefed the US Ambassador about the budget proceedings in the parliament and said the government had accommodated maximum number of suggestions/recommendations of the parliamentarians and other stake holders to finalize the budget 2015-16. The government he said believed in passing the budget with consensus of all political parties.

Secretary Finance, Dr. Waqar Masood, Additional Secretary, Tariq Mahmood Pasha and Joint Secretary, Awais Manzoor were also present in the meeting.