Islamabad, 18 July 2023 (TDI): The United Kingdom (UK) and Pakistan have started a profound path towards a progressive development partnership based on shared security and prosperity.

This innovative approach represents an important turning point in the two countries’ developing relationship.

Under the inspirational leadership of Jo Moir, Development Director of the UK, this new strategy aims to support Pakistan to address its development challenges, deal with its structural issues and promote sustainable development.

The UK is Pakistan’s third-largest source of Foreign Direct Investment. The UK’s vision is for a more inclusive, prosperous, and stable Pakistan that is less reliant on external finance.

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Through this dynamic cooperation, the UK and Pakistan want to combine their efforts in important areas of common interest. They will cooperate to put sustainable solutions into action to promote equal growth and lessen inequality.

Key Programmes by the UK in Pakistan

The UK has established the following aid programmes in Pakistan to help foster its sustainable development as well as to support its policy implementation to enhance girls’ education.

Its Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK) has successfully provided family planning services to women and girls in rural areas. This program ensures better access to quality information and services on family planning.

Moreover, the Girls and Out of School Action for Learning (GOAL) initiative has significantly contributed to improving education, especially for girls, in Pakistan. This program particularly focuses on marginalized groups in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Revenue Mobilization, Investment, and Trade (REMIT) program aims to support Pakistan in implementing reforms that promote macroeconomic stability, sustainable growth, poverty reduction, and mutual prosperity.

The new mutual benefit partnership of Pakistan with the UK, based on shared objectives and mutual interest, will speed up the development in various sectors of Pakistan, enhancing its stability and inclusivity.