ISLAMABAD  -Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday said that government is focusing on economic growth and creation of more job opportunities for the people.

Foreign investment can play a key role in the process and the government therefore welcomes foreign investors, finance minister said while talking to Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan. Dar appreciated DFID, UK’s support for the social sector in the country in the form of grant projects for health, agriculture, disaster management and poverty alleviation. He hoped that the bilateral cooperation in various fields will further increase during the tenure of High Commissioner Drew, in the mutual interest of both the countries.

The minister hoped that his current appointment to Pakistan will play an important role in further improving the bilateral relations between the two countries. Drew said that it was his second appointment in Pakistan and he felt very happy and privileged in his new position. He said that the relationship between Pakistan and UK is highly valuable for both sides and that he believes that Pakistan has a pivotal role to play in the peace, stability and development of the region.  

The High Commissioner said that the government of Pakistan has been able to bring about visible improvements in the economic environment in the country as well as the security situation. These improvements would go a long way in attracting foreign investors to invest in the country.