High Commissioner of Pakistan Babar Amin has said that High Commission is active to create institutional linkages and research collaboration between Pakistani and Australian universities. He was talking to Pakistani students and academicians at the University of Queensland on 31 May during his 3 days visit to Brisbane.
High Commissioner also informed that an updated Pakistan Education Profile had been submitted and hoped that the Education Profile would be revised soon which would facilitate Pakistani students studying in Australia. He also informed about the High Commission’s initiatives on Virtual IT Delegation Meetings and Virtual Science Summit to be held soon. He encouraged Pakistani researchers to participate in the Summit. The High Commissioners remarks were followed by a Q&A session by the Pakistani students.
During his stay, the High Commissioner participated in Eid Reception organized by Pakistan Australian Cultural Association (PACA) in Brisbane on 30 May 2021. The event was attended by Senator Paul Scarr from Queensland who was representing Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The other participants included, Hon Amy MacMahon, MP; Hon Peter Russo, MP; large number of members of Pakistani community, public figures, and media representatives.
The High Commissioner in his remarks commended the strong Pakistani community in Australia, which was working as a strong bridge between the two countries. The High Commissioner emphasized that the government of Pakistan was focused on providing maximum facilitation to overseas Pakistanis. In this regard, the High Commission had taken a number of steps including holding E-Meetings, Open Days, Consular Camps, webinars on Roshin Digital Account, etc. He also called for greater trade and investment between the two countries.
Senator Scarr appreciated the work of various Pakistani Associations in Australia and emphasized that Pakistani community was an important part of the multicultural society of Australia. He appreciated the role of Pakistani students who were contributing to development of both countries. He agreed to assist in furthering the trade and economic relations between the two sides. Hon Amy MacMahon and Hon Peter Russo in their remarks also appreciated the work being carried out by the Pakistani professionals in Australia.
The High Commission for Pakistan also organized a Consular Camp in Brisbane from 30-31 May 2021 to provide consular services to the Pakistan community living in and the surrounding regions of Brisbane. At the Consular Camp services of attestation of documents and Power of Attorney and receipt of application for Child Registration, Police Clearance and Driving License were provided
The Consular Camp was visited by a large number of Pakistani community to avail the above-mentioned consular services. The community members appreciated the initiative by the High Commission to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The High Commission organizes Consular Camp in Brisbane biannually to facilitate the Pakistani community members.