Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson attended a lunch hosted by Pakistan Australia Association of Melbourne (PAAM) on Friday 31st March. The president of PAAM Aqueel Syed thanked high commissioner for her support and work she is doing in Pakistan to improve water governance, education and women empowerment.
While addressing the community she highlighted the relationship between British Indian territory (now in) Pakistan and Australia is very old and goes back to very early days of Australia. The relationship still growing and there are a lot of areas where Pakistan and Australia can still improve. She also mentioned that recently Pakistan has shown interest to import LNG from Australia. The trade between two countries is over $1 billion which largely favour Australia at the moment. The main business is taken place in the form of education where almost 16,000 Pakistani students are studying in Australian Universities she stated.
She believes that CPEC will bring a reliable infrastructure to Pakistan on which a strong economy can be build. When asked about security, she believes that the situation has improved in Pakistan and continuously improving however still a long way to go.
She appreciated the role Pakistani community is playing in Australia and hoped that community will get stronger and continue to play stronger role. The lunch was attended by prominent community members of Pakistani community such as Saeed Khan, Kashif Bouns, Dr. Iqbal Gondal, Dr. Niamat Cheema, Amir Saleem, Dr.Shabaz Chaudhry, Fauad Chaudhry,Ayesha Bux, Andleeb Sidiqi, Wajid Hussain, Saher Ali and president of Pakistan Australian Association Melbourne’s (PAAM) Aqueel Syed.