ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar urged the US government to continue facilitating private US investment in Pakistan and highlighted the key legislation being undertaken by the present Government in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering, Counter Terrorism and Companies Law.
US Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Michael Froman called on Senator Ishaq Dar here.
Welcoming the dignitary to Pakistan, the Finance Minister apprised Ambassador Froman on the reforms undertaken by the government for stabilization and growth of the economy.
He informed that Pakistan has undergone considerable tax reforms resulting in expansion of tax base which resulted in record tax revenue collection in the last three years.
He said that Pakistan has also made significant progress in meeting shortfall in energy and overcoming security situation of the country.
Ambassador Froman congratulated the Finance Minister on successful completion of IMF Program. He appreciated the measure taken by the present government to turn around the economy. He acknowledged the improved investment climate and economic conditions in Pakistan and expressed full support to measures necessary for strengthening bilateral trade ties.
The Finance Minister stated that Investment Policy 2013 of the country aimed at reducing processes and improving ease of doing business and that all economic sectors were open to Foreign Direct Investment.
Finance Minister also stated that Pakistan has recently become a signatory to OECDâ€™s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance on tax matters.
The minister appreciated the value of US as a trade partner and expressed the hope that bilateral trade would grow further as there was immense potential. He encouraged further US investment in Pakistan and said that all possible efforts are being made to ensure that a level playing field is accorded to international companies working in Pakistan and that doors remained open for further US companiesâ€™ investment and expansion in Pakistan.
Ambassador Froman said that Pakistanâ€™s IT infrastructure was growing at a commendable pace and this is visibly providing opportunities for growth to SMEâ€™s through e Commerce.
He thanked the Finance Minister for Pakistanâ€™s active engagement in the Trade and Services Agreement (TISA) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and said that Pakistan was leading in this area in the region.
He said that the US looked forward to further collaboration with Pakistan in the development of digital economy which can provide opportunities to far flung areas of Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by US Ambassador David Hale, Deputy USTR Vogel, Chairman Board of Investment, Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue Haroon Akhtar, Secretary Finance, Secretary Commerce, and Chairman FBR. â€“SAMAA
Story first published: 19th October 2016