- At the beginning of the meeting, the minister notified the Japanese ambassador of the final announcement on May 7 by Prime Minister Imran Khan to loosen COVID-19’s lockdown gradually.
- Japan in the same spirit has provided $ 2.16 million to Pakistan to fight COVID-19.
- Kuninori Matsuda expressed Japan’s desire for support and cooperation in developing clean drinking water facilities, ecological protection and for measures regarding flood control.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said Friday that the government’s efforts to treat life and livelihoods following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.
He said during a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda who called him here.
Matters relating to Pak-Japan bilateral relations, the current situation of COVID-19 and media cooperation were discussed at the occasion.
At the beginning of the meeting, the minister notified the Japanese ambassador of the final announcement on May 7 by Prime Minister Imran Khan to loosen COVID-19’s lockdown gradually.
He said during the lockdown in the country, special attention had been given to the welfare of the poor and poor segments of society.
The Ambassador said Pakistan’s prime minister had led the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic from a very commendable start.
He said that the government’s concern for life and livelihoods during the campaign against the corona pandemic was a good example to follow and it really helped the cause of the poor and needy.
He recalled Pakistan’s support for Japan during the Tsunami and various earthquake incidents. He said Japan with the same passion had provided Pakistan with $ 2.16 million to fight COVID-19. Tokyo will continue to support it for Pakistan in these difficult times, he said.
Kuninori Matsuda expressed Japan’s desire for support and cooperation in developing clean drinking water facilities, ecological protection and for measures regarding flood control.
He said Japan also intends to work with Pakistan in the agricultural sector with a special emphasis on grasshopper control efforts.
He said once the situation changed to normal, a team of technical experts would be invited to visit Pakistan to have a meaningful exchange of views in the related sector.
He also gave an explanation to the minister about the ongoing economic cooperation between the two countries including various projects.
The two sides also discussed matters relating to the modernization and technical improvement of Pakistan Television and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation.
The Minister said Pakistan would be eager to take advantage of Japan’s expertise in this field.
Senator Shibli Faraz welcomed Japan’s $ 2.16 million in aid in the war against the corona pandemic.
The Minister of Information also expressed his gratitude for the provision of medical equipment and supplies by the Fair Medical Company, Japan and emergency support by the Japanese NGO KnK for decent families in the Mansehra and Haripur regions.
The Ambassador congratulated Senator Shibli Faraz for taking up his post as Minister of Information and Broadcasting and said the decision was praised by the media community.
He hopes the best in his future endeavors for media development and the welfare of the journalist community in the country.
The meeting was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.