Payment of CSF to Pakistan as per schedule: Olson

ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson on Tuesday informed Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar the reimbursement of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) was on track and payments would be made according to the schedule.
He made this assurance during a meeting. US Ambassador informed the Dar the reimbursement of CSF was on track. Both the sides discussed progress made so far on economic cooperation between the two countries and expressed their satisfaction.
Ambassador assured Dar the US would continue to build economic relations and partnership with Pakistan with the aim to bring development and prosperity in the region. He expressed US’s keen interest in relief and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North Waziristan.
He appreciated the decision of the government for allowing live cattle import from the countries where there were minimum risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) infected cattle.
He said the US investors were actively participating in divestment of government of Pakistan’s shares in public sector enterprises.
Dar informed Olson the concerned departments for the rehabilitation plans would brief diplomatic and donor community in Islamabad.
He appreciated US support for IDPs and hoped the international community would join hands with the government of Pakistan for rehabilitation of IDPs.
He said overall economic situation in the country was satisfactory. All the economic indicators were reflecting positive trends and now the government was working to consolidate the gains made during the last one year. He discussed funding for ongoing and future energy projects, which the government intended to launch soon.
He underlined the importance of completing the ongoing energy projects on the fast track. Both the sides discussed progress made on Central Asia South Asia-1000 and Diamer Bhasha Dam projects.
Dar informed the government was able to fetch good price for Pakistan Petroleum Limited and United Bank Limited shares. He said the plan for divestment was on track and the whole process would be carried out with complete transparency and fairness.

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