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July 22, 2016

Governor lauds US envoy

Lahore

 
July 22, 2016

LAHORE

Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana has appreciated the outgoing Consul General of United States in Lahore, Zachary V Harkenrider, for his efforts for initiating crucial dialogues and developmental programmes in Pakistan with the support of the US government.

Addressing a farewell dinner hosted by the All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) in honour of the outgoing Consul General of the United States in Lahore, he said diplomatic services rendered by the US consul general were exemplary. The Punjab governor also admired the achievements of APBF President Ibrahim Qureshi, who has helped many  

higher education institutions, including the prestigious University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore. He also appreciated the role of Hassan Shoaib Murad, UMT rector, in creating synergies with leading American institutions like George Mason University to raise the standard of education and professional training in Pakistan.

Under a grant funded by the US Embassy in Islamabad, GMU and UMT will work towards faculty development and teaching excellence. UMT and GMU are also collaborating on other programmes to train professionals, traders and SME owners in Pakistan, as well as offering workshops on 'Counter-Terrorism for Infrastructure Protection.' Another grant has been arranged from National Science Foundation to promote renewable energy with the help of experts from Texas Tech University. Collaborations have also been created with the New York University and University of Pennsylvania.

Ibrahim Qureshi said the consul general played a vital role in strengthening friendly relationships between Pakistan and the United States. He said it was a privilege for the APBF to have worked with such a seasoned and sincere envoy, representing the US.“His inspirational initiatives will also go a long way to ensure development of education and health services in Pakistan", he added.

Zachary Harkenrider on successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan appreciated the great support provided to him by the business community and government sector of the country.

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