ISLAMABAD -  Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar has appreciated the historical role of United State Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnering with Pakistan to achieve its development objectives.

The finance minister was talking to William Hammink, Assistant to USAID Administrator, who was accompanied by US Ambassador David Hale and a delegation from USAID. Donald Sampler, the outgoing Assistant to USAID Administrator, also attended the meeting.

Dar, while congratulating Hammink on his new assignment, said that it would be useful if the USAID can assist Pakistan through partnering in signature infrastructure development projects. He also emphasized that the USAID should consider to further realign its programs and assistance so that our development priorities are in sync and monitoring of development assistance and evaluation is improved. He explained the work being done to rehabilitate the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) back to their native areas and that large infrastructure and reconstruction projects were being undertaken in this regard to compliment the success achieved under operation Zarb-e-Azab (ZeA). 

Speaking on the occasion, William Hammink said that USAID looks forward to continuing its excellent partnership and relationship with the government and people of Pakistan. US Ambassador congratulated the Finance Minister on successful completion of the IMF program and informed that the Pakistan Enhanced Partnership Agreement (PEPA) was signed between the Government of Pakistan and USA on 16th September, 2016.

This provides for US$ 407 million development assistance in agriculture, education, energy, health, disaster resilience and governance.

USAID representatives briefed the Minister on their work with US based Pakistani's to develop improved links between them and Pakistan's development priorities in trade and investment. The meeting was attended by Secretary EAD, Chairman FBR and Special Secretary Finance.