ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands Henny Fokel de Vries held a meeting with the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Talking to the envoy, the minister highlighted the warm and cordial relation between Pakistan and Kingdom of Netherlands, and stressed that the economic cooperation between them need to be more deepened and enlarged for the mutual benefit of the citizens of both Countries.
“Pakistan appreciated the Kingdom of Netherland’s timely and very valuable humanitarian assistance during the floods of 2010 and the recent devastating climate calamity,” he said.
Sardar Ayaz Sadi added that Pakistan’s contribution to global emissions stands less than one percent. However, Pakistan is badly affected country figuring among the top five most vulnerable nations globally.
The federal minister further remarked that Pakistan needs to be supported to fight the negative impact of climate saving the most vulnerable and poor communities from the destruction of future disasters.
The Dutch Ambassador Henny Fokel de Vries appreciated the cordial relationship between Pakistan and Netherlands and acknowledged the devastating impact of climate change on the Country.
“The government of Netherlands is trying to provide as much assistance as we can and we are ready to assist for long term recovery programs,” she said.
“As the climate is changing much faster than we expected. Therefore, the world needs to be united to make sure every country is well protected,” the ambassador further said.
While speaking on enhancing Pakistan-Netherlands relations, the minister for economic affairs stressed on revamping government to government development cooperation. He also stressed for reviving and allocating special seats in the Netherlands Fellowship Program & Scholarship.
The minister also highlighted the provision of technical assistance in agriculture especially, water resources and irrigation along with support in horticulture especially berries, vegetables, seed production, livestock and dairy as the Dutch have world class technologies in these areas.
Dutch Companies could be engaged to transfer us technology for seed development in Pakistan.
The ambassador assured complete assistance in the said areas and apprised the minister that the efforts on these programs especially on vocational training and technical exchange have already been started which was appreciated by the Minister