$9 billion pledge signifies world confidence in Pak.
ISLAMABAD – Appearing British Excessive Commissioner to Pakistan Andrew Dalgleish says that the change of excessive degree visits between the UK and Pakistan is prone to resume this yr.
In an unique panel interview with The Nation right here at his workplace, the envoy mentioned that the British Excessive Fee aimed to revive increased degree visits between the 2 pleasant nations after Covid affected such interactions.
“I will expect my country to send ministers and likewise UK would be looking forward to the (ministers) visits from Pakistan. It’s good when senior people meet and take decisions,” he advised the panel led by Editor of The Nation Salman Masood and Particular Correspondent Shafqat Ali.
The Appearing Excessive Commissioner assured that the Pakistani businesspersons will get visas on precedence. “We have introduced quick service where the applicant has to pay a little more for faster process. There is also a superfast service for even quicker processing,” he elaborated.
The envoy mentioned training visas had been being authorised at a remarkably excessive ratio. “The tourism has also improved after the Covid,” Andrew Dalgleish added. About his expertise in Pakistan, the senior British diplomat mentioned it was nice however hectic. “I have never worked so hard in my life because on the one hand is a very, very big High Commission, one of our biggest embassies in the world, but also because there’s been an awful lot happening, much of it good, but some of it’s a lot more challenging. Like the flooding,” he defined.
UK’S HELP FOR PAKISTANI FLOOD VICTIMS
Andrew Dalgleish mentioned the UK was one of many first nations to step up and discover some instant humanitarian help to assist when issues had been at their worst in the course of the floods.
“And we should acknowledge,of course, that we are not out of this. There are still many parts of Pakistan underwater, people still facing a lot of distress, not enough food. So it’s not because perhaps the international media is talking about other things that the problem has gone away. We are very conscious of that,” he remarked. Andrew Dalgleish mentioned the UK stepped ahead with instant humanitarian help, and it modified all of the work within the British Excessive Fee.
“We realised that these floods would now affect every aspect of the work that we did. Our engagement with Pakistan changed to provide not just financial assistance and assistance in kind with equipment and material, but also assistance in working with the government of Pakistan to figure out next steps for how we prepared jointly, collectively, as an international community to make a successful floods conference,” he highlighted.
The appearing Excessive Commissioner appreciated Pakistan’s position within the January 9 local weather convention, in Geneva. “The government of Pakistan did a tremendous amount of hard work in preparing for that conference, which was very successful, of course,” he mentioned.
He underscored that $9 billion had been pledged on the convention. “And the key thing now is the plan for implementation. We are still dealing with a humanitarian crisis, as I said, but we are also working with the government of Pakistan on that longer term reconstruction. And I think the crucial element of that, which is well acknowledged, is that the floods that we saw last year, unfortunately, we will probably see them again at some point and with increasing regularity because of climate change. So we can’t afford to build back the way things were before. We need to build back, mindful of a need to adapt and become more resilient to our changing climate,” the envoy confused. He mentioned the UK was persevering with to think about Pakistan’s scenario concerning the flood’s destruction.
“Because I don’t know how many schools were destroyed by the floods, I don’t have the number, but I know a significant number of schools were destroyed by the floods. The needs for maintaining access to education in those flood space areas, very important, and that will be influencing our thinking,” he underlined. The envoy emphasised that $9 billion had been dedicated for reconstruction of the flood hit areas on the Geneva Convention.
“That’s a separate question to what money is needed now for economic reasons. And I think it’s important not to mix the two. If we say to ourselves, there’s $9 billion available to Pakistan, our economic Pakistan’s economic concerns are over, then we are misrepresenting the situation. So the $9 billion will need to be carefully spent. And the government of Pakistan are clear about this. They’re not asking the international community to pay for everything. I think they’ve estimated they (Pakistan) need $16 billion,” the Appearing Excessive Commissioner mentioned.
NEED FOR A CLEAR PLAN OF ACTION BY PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT FOR FLOOD REHABILITATION
Andrew Dalgleish mentioned that for making the funds obtainable, the worldwide group wants a transparent plan from Pakistan.
“This means, this is how we are going to spend this money. What won’t happen is $9 billion will be dumped into Pakistan’s bank account and they will then figure out what to do,” he confused.
Andrew Dalgleish mentioned there wouldn’t have been a $9 billion dedication in Geneva if there was not a specific amount of confidence of the worldwide group within the Pakistani authorities.
“I can see as an observer that urgency is an important part of what happens. Clearly, Pakistan needs to get it right, but there is inescapably an element of emergency there for the unfortunate people affected by the flooding. And also when it comes to the economic situation, Pakistan doesn’t have the luxury of time. Steps need to be taken with that sense of urgency to demonstrate concrete action towards delivery, whether that’s on the floods or whether that’s demonstrating to the international community that the IMF review is being completed. And that’s a very important,” the envoy mentioned.
2023 AM EXICTING YEAR
To a query, Andrew Dalgleish mentioned 2023 was fairly an thrilling yr. “We have got quite a lot going on in our country, and, of course, Pakistan is a fellow member of the Commonwealth. I am delighted about the opportunity to celebrate, for example, the coronation of King Charles on the 6 May. We will have our first king’s birthday party in due course as well. And that’s a theme, if you like, that builds on the sporting theme that we saw last year. You mentioned the cricket. We had the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham too, where Pakistan was represented,” he mentioned.
He additional mentioned: “So from the point of view of what we can celebrate together, that’s quite exciting. We will continue working with Pakistan on the floods the UK has committed.”
CRICKET AND TASTY PAKISTANI DAAL
Andrew Dalgleish appreciated the revival of worldwide cricket in Pakistan and the go to of the England cricket workforce.
“The atmosphere in Rawalpindi was electric. I watched the match and the stadium was packed,” he mentioned, including the 2 nations had been prone to have change of visits in different sports activities too. “We are trying to have the England women team to visit Pakistan in the future,” Andrew Dalgleish mentioned. The envoy showered reward on the Pakistani meals and particularly appreciated the daal (a dish made with lentils). “Pakistani meals is standard again within the UK as effectively,” he mentioned.