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Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar held an introductory meeting with the newly appointed Country Director of the World Bank in Pakistan Mr. Najy Benhassine.

Dated : 8 September 2020

Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar held an introductory meeting with the newly appointed Country Director of the World Bank in Pakistan Mr. Najy Benhassine.
Asad Umar welcomed the Country Director and appreciated the strong working relationship between the government of Pakistan and the World Bank.

Mr Najy Benhassine appreciated the Minister on government’s skillful handling of the COVID crisis which had resulted in containing the pandemic to a large extent. He also said that the World Bank is supporting the government of Pakistan through COVID-19 emergency response projects to help the country prevent, detect and respond to the pandemic and strengthen public health preparedness.

Asad Umar appreciated the support provided by the World Bank during the pandemic. While appreciating the contribution of World Bank in socio-economic development of Pakistan, he said that the incumbent Government is committed to fast track various projects being funded by World Bank. Similarly, he said that the Government is continuing with the reform agenda.

Both sides reaffirmed to strengthen the relationship and remove bottlenecks in executing the development projects funded by the World Bank.