President promises 100 scholarships to Niger students

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – August 11, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi said that the entire scope of bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Niger needs to be further augmented through the regular exchange of political, parliamentary and commercial delegations, on Tuesday, he conveyed that Pakistan will provide 100 scholarships for students of Niger in 2021-22.

According to a press release, he made these remarks while talking to the visiting Niger’s national assembly (NA) speaker Seyni Oumarou, who along with members of his delegation, called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, in the federal capital.

President Alvi said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its brotherly relations with Niger and wants to further broaden the scope of cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

He said that both countries enjoy excellent relations and have unanimity in opinion on various issues at the international fora.

President Alvi said that Pakistan accords great significance to its ties with Niger under its “Look Africa” policy and wishes to sign a preferential trade agreement with Niger that will help enhance economic and business cooperation between the two countries.

Welcoming the recent signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on parliamentary cooperation, the president expressed the hope that the MoU will bring the two countries further closer.

He added that Pakistan is focusing on reforming and developing its health, education and agriculture sectors to put the country on the development path.

Niger’s NA speaker Oumarou said that relations between the two countries are based on brotherhood that needs to be further cemented for the mutual benefit of the two sides.

He underlined the need for transforming the existing relations into more robust economic and business cooperation between the two countries.

He sought Pakistan’s help and expertise in developing the irrigation system of his country to meet its food requirements.

President Alvi said that Pakistan will help Niger, in this regard, by sharing its experiences and expertise with her in the agriculture and irrigation sectors.

Niger’s NA speaker Oumarou thanked the government of Pakistan (GoP) for offering scholarships to students of Niger. He also invited the president to visit Niger to further boost bilateral relations.

The NA speaker Asad Qaiser also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi mentioned, in a Tweet on Tuesday, that he hosted Niger’s NA speaker Oumarou and his parliamentary delegation and that Pakistan attaches great importance to the relationship with Niger and look forward to strengthening cooperation across a diversity of areas including economic, political and defence ties.