ISLAMABAD (APP) - Hina Rabbani Khar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs and Chairperson of  Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF), met a group of journalists who were part  of Journalism Fellowship Programme of  the Fund with Stanford University in California. She discussed with journalists importance of Innovative Journalism to promote competitiveness in Pakistan. The programme, which spans over three to four months, is designed to prepare participants for innovative reporting on economic development and finance. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar expressed her pleasure on meeting  the group to discuss details and benefits of the programme, which includes the experience gained in different news rooms in the US news organizations. The Stanford Fellowship Program provides the means to journalists to strive for excellence in their specialized fields, and benchmark  themselves against their counterparts in the West.   The objective of the Fellowship Program is to develop better understanding of innovative processes; help participants to observe international aspects of the innovation economy; assist in bridging technology and business reporting  in Pakistan and bridge the gap between reporting in Pakistan  and reporting in the US and other countries. Ms. Hina Rabbani noted that this important initiative will increase public focus on innovation, business and technology; improve communication with clusters or innovation systems; create understanding of the rapidly growing global innovation economy; understand the role of journalism and news in driving innovation; as well as create enhanced personal networks between international fellows and US hosts. So far, eleven Pakistani journalists, from reputable news agencies such as The News, Dawn, AAJ TV, GEO etc, have participated in The Competitiveness Institute Conference, and/or attended the Fellowship Programmes at Stanford. The journalists worked in international newsrooms such as CNN and CNET, where they received international exposure.   The journalists attending the meeting with Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar were representing, Dawn, Samaa TV, News One TV, Associated  Press of Pakistan, Business Recorder, and The Daily Times.  They shared what they learnt from their experience in the United States with Ms. Hina Rabbani. The CSF recently organized a workshop on Capacity Building and Innovation Journalism in Islamabad.   Around eighty journalists participated in the workshop. They expressed keen interest in the efforts and the program and said it motivated them to do better in their profession. The CSF is organizing a second workshop on capacity building and innovation journalism in Karachi in November. The Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to reposition Pakistan's economy on a more competitive global footing. The support for CSF is part of the $2.8 billion in aid that the U.S. Government is providing to Pakistan over five years to improve economic growth, education, health and governance. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar also shared with the journalists the over all economic situation and challenges being faced by the in the backdrop of International meltdown of the economy. Pakistan, she said has the capabilities, best human and natural resources to overcome these challenges if exploited to the full potentials for the country's benefit.