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PM meets GAVI chief, IMF President in Davos

DAVOS: Prime Minister Imran Khan has met CEO Global Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) Mr Seth Berkley on sidelines of World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting at Davos.
Special Assistant to the PM Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Ambassador at Large on Investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui were also present. The prime minister apprised the of government’s policy reforms for strengthening the health sector in Pakistan.
PM Imran Khan appreciated continuous support extended by GAVI to Pakistan to protect children against deadly but preventable diseases. He said that Pakistan became the first country in the world to introduce Typhoid vaccine in its Routine Immunization schedule.
The prime minister highlighted government’s efforts to eradicate polio from the country and to achieve the goal of universal immunisation coverage. He further informed that government was streamlining financing mechanism of Routine Immunization program. Berkley acknowledged steps taken by the government and assured GAVI’s support and cooperation.
Meetings with IMF, ADB president
International Monetary Fund (IMF) President Ms Kristalina Georgieva and President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mr Masatsugu Asakawa also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in seperate meetings on sidelines of the summit.
Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Governor State Bank of Pakistan Raza Baqir, Ambassador at large on investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui were also present.
The finance advisor Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, while talking to media alongwith President ADB, thanked the financial institution over adopting special financing tools to support Pakistan.
He said this is an excellent partnership and they have contributed in a significant way in turnaround in the economy. He said the government is looking forward to further strengthen the partnership with ADB.
Speaking on the occasion, President ADB said Pakistan and the financial organisation have very cordial relations for years. He said Pakistan has been very good partner for more than fifty years.
He said the ABD have decided to support the Pakistan’s reform agenda as much as possible including monetary policy, fiscal policy, taxation issues and Ehsaas program.
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