ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms
Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pak-US Knowledge Corridor was one of the most
significant initiatives in the entire diplomatic history of Pakistan
and the United States.
Moreover, talking to US Deputy Assistant secretary of State for Public
Diplomacy Angela Aggeler and US Ambassador David Hale here on
Wednesday, he said the initiative would facilitate as many as 10,000
talented Pakistani scholars for enrollment in the top US universities in next 10 years.
It had all potential to further promote the people-to-people relations, he said.
The minister also said Pakistan highly valued its relations with the US.
It was committed to expand mutual cooperation with the US government
in the sectors which would bring socio-economic benefits and well being of the region.
Furthermore, he also viewed that the Pak-US Knowledge Corridor was the key to achieve
the agenda of Pakistan Vision 2025 for transforming the country
into knowledge economy.
Both countries would have to further promote mutual cooperation
to deal the challenge of poverty, economic imbalance and social injustice, he added.
He also said the government was committed to increase access to higher
education and for that purpose sub-campuses and virtual campuses are
being established at district level so as to enable aspiring students to gain
higher education at their doorstep.
Pakistani women role
He further said that Pakistani women were playing a significant role in boosting
up the country’s economy and thereby the PML-N government was
committed to increase their involvement in public sector against key
positions and create sustainable working conditions to maximum level.
Furthermore, the minister also said the Pakistan Engineering Council was also developing
a programme for female engineers by virtue of which they would be able
to contribute and work right from their homes.
He also informed the delegation that Higher Education Commission and
Pakistan Engineering Council were also working together on start up
cup an initiative to encourage young entrepreneurs.