France opening new French centers in Pakistan for promotion of French

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Mar 21 12:44:29 UTC 2007

Visa policy to be simplified for students: ambassador

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

FAISALABAD, Mar 20 (APP): Visa policy will be simplified for students in
addition to opening new French centers in all important cities of Pakistan
for the promotion of French language. French ambassador Regis de Belenet
said this while addressing the local industrialists and businessmen at
Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here Tuesday. He said
that Pakistan and France has identical viewpoints on all major
international issues while French government was taking keen interest to
promote bilateral ties with Pakistan, particularly in the fields of trade,
business and education.

Responding to a question about visa issues, he said that French embassy
had received total 9000 visa applications during 2005 and out of these,
visas were issued to more than 6000 applicants. He said that France could
offer best education facilities in various fields to Pakistani students.
In this connection visa policy for students is being simplified.
Similarly, new French centers are also being established in various cities
for the promotion of French language in Pakistan.

About Faisalabad, Mr. Regis de Belenet said that France was taking special
interest in the uplift of this city. A project has been launched in
National Textile University with French collaboration while his government
was interested in collaborating with the University of Agriculture
Faisalabad, he said and added that France was also interested in helping
Faisalabad in the fields of water supply and sanitation. In this
connection, he particularly mentioned a proposal involving Rs.300 Million
to sink new tubewells along Rakh Branch canal to cater to the increasing
water supply needs of Faisalabad. Earlier, Muhammad Ayub Sabir President
FCCI in his address of welcome stressed for promotion of bilateral trade
between the two countries.

Abdul Qayyum Sheikh vice president FCCI thanked French ambassador for his
visit to this chamber.


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