ISLAMABAD - European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Lars-Gunnar Wigemark Thursday said that the EU had provided an assistance of 10 million Euros to Pakistan for elections and would be sending 110 observers for the general elections.

Talking to the media here after the launching of UN Development Report, Lars Gunnar Wigemark said Pakistan should concentrate more on promotion of trade with international community rather than traditional emphasis on sovereignty.

He said that Pakistan also needed to increase tax collection, human resource development and reduction in circular debt.

The EU ambassador admitted that Pakistan’s economy suffered due to terrorism and natural calamities added to the problems due to resource constraint. He said the government must have right direction to policies to development human resources and if no attention was paid to it the country would further push back.

Ambassador Gunnar Wigemark said holding of elections was a welcome development and would strengthen democracy. 

However, he said there would be new challenges for the coming government.  He said the EU was extending all out cooperation to the election commission.

He said that Pakistan was spending 25 per cent on defence and only 2 per cent  of GDP on education which should not be the case and more resources needed to be allocated for education sector.