World Bank Regional Vice President Mr. Hartwig Schaefer called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 29 August 2018.
Vice President felicitated the Foreign Minister on assumption of office as well as the formation of new government. Views were exchanged on matters of significance to the new government including education, agriculture and rural development with special emphasis on regional connectivity as well as World Bank’s collaboration in CASA-1000 and Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (Peshawar-Torkhum-Kabul Motorway). World Bank agreed to collaborate with the Agriculture Task Force for reformation and restructuring of the Agriculture sector. In addition they also discussed challenges to the Indus Water system due to construction of reservoirs and to address these issues through the good offices of the World Bank.
Foreign Minister thanked the World Bank for its continued support to Pakistan since 1952. He solicited the Bank’s support for development priorities of the new government. Foreign Minister also shared Prime Minister’s vision of a “peaceful neighbourhood”.
Vice President assured the Bank’s support for the economic development, role in resolution of challenges to Indus Water treaty and reformation of Agriculture sector in line with the vision of the new government.