ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says a road map has been prepared to train ten thousand PhDs in science and technology and engineering sectors.

Speaking at a discussion as the chief guest organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, the Minister presented a review of the Pakistan-US relations and discussed challenges and opportunities facing Pakistan, said a statement issued by Ministry of Planning, Reforms and Development.

The Minister said Pakistan is also holding talks with Washington to train these PhDs in the next ten years in US universities. This will help Pakistan meet its faculty requirements in higher education.

He expressed the confidence that the upcoming Pakistan-US strategic level dialogue will make a headway towards this end.

Ahsan Iqbal said security situation has improved in Pakistan significantly while the country has also made turn around on the economic front. He said steps are also afoot to end power outages by 2018. He was confident that Pakistan is poised to rank amongst top twenty-five economies by 2025.