H.E. Mr. Jean François Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union called on Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad on 12-11-2018
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in a meeting with H.E Jean-Francois Cautain, Ambassador of European Union to Pakistan, who called on him here, today said that Pakistan highly valued its ties with EU and all its members’ states.
He said that Pakistan would continue to advance mutually reinforcing objectives of development, human rights and rule of law for the people of Pakistan as our relations with EU were based on shared values of democracy and mutual respect. The Information Minister said that the Government believed in the fundamental right of freedom of expression as guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan.
He said that media enjoyed unprecedented freedom in Pakistan and Government of PTI would continue to facilitate the growth of free and responsible media in the country. He said that right to access to information act( RTI) 2017 has been implemented through the constitution of information commission, which was indeed a historic step.
He said that access to information was imperative to ensure fairness and transparency in matters of governance. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that Government is committed to implementing its reforms agenda of “Naya Pakistan” to achieve the objectives of good governance; improved economy, health, education, agriculture and tourism; climate change, human rights, national security; and eliminating corruption. He said that the Government accorded top priority to empower people at grass root level through Local Governments.
The Minister also underscored the need to enhance cooperation with EU in the realm of film and culture. He said that Pakistan would like EU filmmakers to visit Pakistan and explore the scenic beauty of its world known tourist resorts, particularly in northern areas. The Ambassador said that the two sides enjoy cordial economic relations and EU would like to further reinforce these ties in areas mutually beneficial for the people of Pakistan and the European Union. He also appreciated the objectives of current PTI dispensation to curb corruption and advance socio-economic development by giving priority to the subjects like health, education and climate change.