Japan to provide Rs2.5bn assistance

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan on Thursday reiterated grant assistance worth Rs2.5 billion for Pakistan to respond to Covid-19 pandemic, said a press release.

Matsuda Kuinori, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan called on Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar in his office at the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Thursday.

The ambassador apprised the minister that Government of Japan has extended grant assistance worth Rs2.5 billion for Pakistan to assist Pakistani people to fight against the Covid-19.

The Japanese ambassador said that this support will bolster Pakistan’s capability to contain virus and recover the economy.

He also expressed the hope that bilateral economic ties between Pakistan and Japan would be enhanced especially in the field of export and import substitute industries in future. The federal minister thanked and appreciated the Government of Japan and people of Japan for their support with assurance of extending facilitation for more meaningful cooperation in testing time of the pandemic.

The minister expressed that Pakistan valued close and friendly relations with Japan that would be strengthened in multiple fields in the future.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and the ambassador expressed their strong commitment to further the cooperation for pandemic-related emergency activities.—PR