President Dr. Arif Alvi said on Wednesday that Pakistan highly values ââits relations with Kenya and wants to further develop bilateral trade, economic and defense cooperation for mutual benefit.
He also stressed the need for increased engagement at high political and military levels in order to further strengthen mutual cooperation.
The President spoke to the Chief of the Kenyan Armed Forces, General Robert Kariuki Kibochi, who was visiting him at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Speaking to the dignitaries who were present, the President said that Pakistan had initiated the “Look Africa Policy”, under which Kenya was viewed as an important East African country and wanted to develop close political, economic and defense relations with Kenya.
He said Pakistan’s contributions to the stability of Africa are exemplary as the Pakistani army is the largest contributor to UN missions to Africa.
He briefed General Robert Kariuki Kibochi on the potential of the Pakistani defense industry and stressed the need to exchange defense delegations to explore areas of interest.
The President stressed that Pakistan’s successful handling of the Covid-19 pandemic speaks volumes about the excellent discipline of the Pakistani nation.
General Robert Kariuki Kibochi recognized the efficiency of the Pakistani defense industry and the professionalism of the Pakistani armed forces, particularly their role in maintaining peace and security in Africa.
He underlined the need for increased cooperation in the field of military training between the two countries and also called for an increase in military-military cooperation, as both countries had enormous potential to develop cooperation in the field of defense.
Awareness of the job rate
President Dr. Arif Alvi on Wednesday stressed the need to raise awareness of reserved seats for women and minorities in public professions, saying it would encourage their participation in national development.
The President expressed these views when the Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Captain (retired) Zahid Saeed, presented him with the 2018 and 2019 performance reports.
At a meeting here at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President received a briefing on FPSC with a focus on the availability of vacancies for minorities.
It was highlighted that the FPSC’s 98 minority posts were currently vacant.
Dr. Alvi emphasized finding out the reasons for vacancies in coordination with the responsible departments.
The President was informed that in 2018 the FPSC received 741,000 applications for 3,200 positions, while in 2019 the number of applications was 800,000 versus 3,600 positions.
It was reported that the interviews with the candidates will be conducted by Gilgit Baltistan at their local stations.
With regard to the FPSC’s recruitment process, the President stressed the need to ensure transparency and the introduction of scientific resources.
Transparency in the examination can be guaranteed by increasing the proportion of objective questions.