ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Saddique has assured Pakistan’s full support in promoting the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) as a world class Development Financing Institution.
“We need to cooperate more in fields of health, education and infrastructure and for this purpose IDB should enhance its presence in Pakistan,” the ambassador in a meeting with the IDB President Dr Bandar M H Hajjar at the IDB Headquarter in Jeddah.
The ambassador while mentioning the excellent performance of the IDB said that we would like to see the bank emerge as an important stakeholder and a major player at international political and economic scene. He said that being a founding member who contributed to establishment IDB, the government of Pakistan attaches high importance to the IDB. He also showed satisfaction on the growing cooperation between IDB and Pakistan.
The Pakistani envoy said that the government of Pakistan greatly appreciates the support IDB has extended for the social-economic development of Pakistan especially during the 2005 earthquake.
Khan Hasham bin Saddique was also was appreciative of IDB financing to Pakistan and appreciated the support of IDB in project financing, trade financing, technical assistance and special assistance.
Citing the example of successful IDB project of polio eradication in Pakistan, the president IDP assured the ambassador that IDP will continue to support Pakistan.
In addition, the Pakistani ambassador congratulated the president IDB on assuming the office of the president of the Islamic Development Bank Group and wished him success in his term of office. He also congratulated Khan Hasham bin Saddique on assuming his responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and wished him success.
The ambassador also extended invitation to Dr Bandar M H Hajjar to visit Pakistan.