Australian High Commissioner vows to strengthen partnership with Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (APP): Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson has said that her country's assistance for the ongoing project of preparing 'State of Pakistan Cities Report' will help Pakistan's government effectively deal with the challenges of growing population in cities.
She said that Pakistan and Australia have decades old friendship, which will get further strengthened with the cooperation in various development projects.
She said migration to cities is a global phenomenon. However, estimates suggest that by 2030, 40 percent Pakistanis will be living in cities.
She emphasized taking all the stakeholders, including civil society, non-governmental organizations, and the business community on board for tackling the population influx towards the urban areas.
She said the planning ministry in Pakistan needs to engage with the relevant provincial departments to deal with the issue because urbanization has become a provincial subject after the 18th amendment.
To a question, she said small cities will equally benefit from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.