Pakistan is now among countries issuing e-visa, says FM Qureshi
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is now among the countries issuing e-visa.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Vision FO on Friday, he said that under the program, the diplomatic staff will link itself with important countries through the video link. “New programs will be launched for the officers of Foreign Ministry due to modernism in the foreign policy,” he said.
The minister said that the launch of Foreign Office’s new website will help enhance accessibility and it will be more informative for the visitors. “It will be followed by another launch of APP ‘FM Direct’, which will connect officers of the Foreign Service to the Foreign Minister and the Foreign Office directly from any part of the world. FM Direct will create an environment of meritocracy in the Foreign Office.”
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Foreign Office had enlisted a secure and active video conferencing facility to connect with the key capitals of the world to get first hand and prompt knowledge of the developments taking place across the world.
“We are going to restructuring, redesigning, and relocating Foreign Service Academy to provide state-of-the-art training facilities to Pakistani as well as diplomats from across the region,” he said.
The minister stressed the need for optimum utilization of available tools and facilities in a more scientific way to upgrade foreign policy of the country. “We are also going to launch FM Connect to engage with different stakeholders, including think-tanks, academia, and media persons for an effective foreign policy formulation.”
He said that they were going to engage with seasoned, experienced, and retired diplomats under Foreign Minister Advisory Council to relate current challenges with their past experiments.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that economic diplomacy has a vital role in attracting investments, enhancing country’s trade and exports with foreign countries. “For this purpose, we organized a two-day envoy’s conference titled Engage Africa and the next conference has been scheduled in Nairobi to promote political and economic interests of Pakistan.”
He said that the diplomatic corps should look into the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and other agreements, Pakistan has signed with various countries, and devise a policy how they can be used for improving lives of common people.