Islamabad—Federal Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastagir Khan joined Margaret Adamson, High Commissioner of Australia at Australia Day in Spring Celebrations to honor the work of Australian Alumni in Pakistan. At the event, businesswoman Noor Aftab, was conferred the prestigious Australia Alumni Award for Business Leadership. Noor’s award is a big step for Pakistan that is struggling to achieve gender equality in the workplace. Pakistan ranks at 144 out of 145 in the Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum. ILO ranks Pakistan at the bottom for the number of women managers globally, putting the country at a rank of 108/108.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson flouted a proposal to offer assistance in research and data collection and service delivery techniques for the improvement of tax collection services to Pakistan.
The Finance Minister directed Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to look into the proposal and suggest the way forward keeping in view the requirements of the country and the technicalities involved. Margaret Adamson expressed that she had been impressed by the role played by the Ministry of Finance for the uplift of the economy and specially the expert management of the revenue collection system.
The High Commissioner said that the efforts of the Government of Pakistan for the improvement of the economy have been acknowledged by all stakeholders including multilateral and bilateral development partners. The progress made by Pakistan with regard to the ongoing IMF program was also widely acknowledged and appreciated, she said.