Pakistan has been ravaged by unprecedented rainfall and severe flooding during this monsoon season. It has received the highest amount of rainfall this year i.e., 170% higher than the previous record. The rains have caused severe flash floods, hill torrents and urban flooding. 33 million people have been affected so far. While the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan have been the most affected, all other provinces and regions of the country have been affected too. 937 persons have died and 1,343 people have been injured so far. Hundreds and thousands of people have been displaced and over half a million homes have been destroyed. Houses, crops, livestock, and communication infrastructure have been severely damaged. Sadly, the number of casualties and injuries are expected to increase. The federal and provincial governments have been carrying out rescue and relief operations tirelessly with support from the Armed Forces and other departments.
However, given the unprecedented size of the calamity, more resources are needed to urgently help flood victims. Please join hands with the Government of Pakistan to help those in need. Your contribution can save lives and human dignity.
Please donate to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund 2022 by transferring funds to account number G 12164 at any Pakistani bank. You can also contribute by SMSing “Fund” to 9999.
Details of Prime Minister’s Relief Fund Account, 2022
Embassy of Pakistan
Visit of Commerce Minister to France
Paris; May 25, 2022
Federal Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar said that Pakistan enjoys historic friendly and cooperative relations with France and wishes to strengthen and diversify bilateral trade and economic linkages in the years to come.
He was talking to Mr. Franck Riester, France’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Attractiveness here today. Charge d’Affaires Mr. Muhammad Amjad Aziz Qazi was also present during the meeting.
The Minister said Pakistan-France trade has witnessed a steady growth in recent years. He emphasized that Pakistan’s strategic location, fast developing infrastructure and liberal investment policies of the government make Pakistan an attractive destination for foreign investors.
He said since its launch in 2014, the GSP Plus scheme has helped in creating an enabling environment for the implementation of 27 international conventions on human rights, labour rights, environment and good governance in beneficiary countries, besides increasing employment opportunities, especially for women and highlighted its importance for Pakistan’s economy, particularly the export sector.
Syed Naveed Qamar appreciated support of European member states especially France in securing the GSP Plus status in 2014 and hoped that the upcoming GSP Plus 2024 would further strengthen the mutually beneficial trade ties between Pakistan and the EU.
Pakistan wishes to remain constructively engaged with the EU and its member states to further enhance our commercial relations and to cooperate in terms of protection and promotion of social, economic, and other rights of the people of Pakistan, he added.
He mentioned that Pakistan’s exports to France are dominated by the textile sector, and there is immense potential to diversify trade to other sectors such as agriculture, dairy, clean energy, digital economy and startups.
Earlier, Commerce Minister met Senator Pascal Allizard, President Pakistan-France Friendship Group in French Senate and discussed matters related to Pakistan-France bilateral relations. He also visited the headquarters of MEDEF International (largest association of French companies) where he was received by Deputy CEO Ms. Géraldine Lemblé. He had a discussion with representatives of French businesses already working in Pakistan or interested in doing business with Pakistan. These included Axens, Bureau Veritas, L’Oréal, Sanofi, Phenixya – Thomson Broadcast, Stellantis , Adit and Sergi France.
Later, the Minister also held an interaction with media persons, and briefed them about the objectives and achievements of his visit.
The Minister is currently on an official visit to major EU capitals including Brussels, The Hague and Berlin.