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European Union ambassador calls on Science and Technology Minister

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Islamabad, January 17, 2014 (PPI-OT): Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan called on Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid here Friday.

Areas of mutual interest and cooperation in various fields came under discussion in the meeting. The Minister said that Pakistan’s relations with EU are very cordial. He lauded the efforts of EU particularly in the field of Science and Technology and said that the EU-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) Programme would not only increase our export to international markets but also play an important role in the improving standards of people’s lives in Pakistan.

He thanked the delegation for grant of GSP plus status to Pakistan by EU. “Through this status the concept of Trade Not Aid will be materialized which will not only increase our exports to EU markets but will bring economic prosperity and social development in the country”, remarked Zahid Hamid.

He said that EU is one of the largest trading partners of Pakistan and had always provided humanitarian and economic assistance, particularly at the time of natural calamities.

The delegation apprised the minister about The HORIZON 2020(2014-2020), the New EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, multi-billion Euro Programme prepared by EU for agriculture, public health, livestock, Information Technology, environment and security sectors of the developing countries. This programme will be launched next month.

Pierre Mayaudon, Deputy Head of EU delegation and Mr. Kamran Ali Qureshi were also present in the meeting.

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