On Sunday, EU Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara appreciated the efforts of Pakistan to overcome the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Androulla Kaminara said, “The COVID-19 has shaken the world unexpectedly – and we will continue to feel the socioeconomic consequences of the virus for quite a long-time. Showing solidarity with each other during the trying times is the responsibility of all of us.”
She further said that an extraordinarily difficult challenge was managed very well to come out of the crisis, “The data from the WHO (World Health Organization), which I have followed closely over the past few months, suggests that COVID-19 cases and deaths are on a steep decline in Pakistan. At the peak of the daily infections in mid-June, there were over 6,000 new infections per day and for most of August this has been reduced to about 500 new infections or lower per day.”
EU Ambassador remarked that Pakistan used effective Covid-19 strategies by the government’s measures such as smart lockdowns as well as testing and tracing had helped slow down the spread of the virus noticeably. She also said the Pakistani government has taken many initiatives to arouse the economy even in the critical condition like a pandemic. Then she gave an example of the expansion of the Ehsaas programme that aims to cover approximately 23 million households.
As regards to the Pak-EU relations, Ambassador Kaminara said the European Union had been an honest and longstanding partner and friend to Pakistan. “We have had formal relations for nearly the past six decades and cooperation in a number of areas during that time.”
Ambassador Kaminara said, talking about the investment conditions in Pakistan and particularly for foreigners, Pakistan present government managed the recent economic challenge very well and introduced strategies and policies to other countries.