A group of Pakistani government officials will be visiting Framingham from April 29 through May 9. A welcome reception for the Pakistani the delegation will be held at Framingham's Memorial Building on Monday.
The three Pakistani officials are Robin Haider Bokhari, Zareen Zafar, and Nusrat Iqbal:
Zafar hails from the Province of Punjab, where she is assistant director of the province's education sector reforms program.
Bokhari is a deputy secretary in the finance department from Peshawar, Province of Khyber Pakhtunkwha, working on matters pertaining to natural gas, petroleum, oil and gas, debt servicing, federal and foreign grants, and banking.
Nusrat Iqbal is also coming from Peshawar, where she works in the Department of Special Education and Women’s Empowerment. Some of Iqbal's responsibilities includes interviewing victims of domestic violence, and assisting domestic violence case workers; assisting lawyers in family and criminal cases; visiting hospital burn ward victims; and conducting training for law enforcement agencies on gender-based violence.
The visit is being coordinated through the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Institute for Training and Development, as well as the United States-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program for Public Administration, which is funded by a grant from the United States Department of State.
This project gives the opportunity for a select number of American counterpart municipalities in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, DC to host Pakistani government officials for two weeks.
Town Manager Robert Halpin said that the town appreciates the opportunity to be one of the communities in the program.
The project goal for Pakistani participants is to develop new professional skills and relationships, and learn about town government infrastructure, according to Halpin.
“We are excited about this opportunity to show the Pakistani government managers how town government is organized and to share some actionable ideas and practices that they could implement in Pakistan,” Halpin said in a written statement.