Islamabad: Minister of State and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) MNA Marvi Memon has been awarded prestigious French Award of the Nation Order of Merit with rank of Officer Award in the National Order of Merit by President of France Emmanuel Macron. The award was presented to Marvi by French ambassador Martine Dorance in a reception held at French Residence Islamabad Friday.
Marvi Memon has been awarded this award in recognition of her services for the people of Pakistan and her devotion to promote relations between France and Pakistan. She is the first Pakistani woman to be awarded the National Order of Merit with the rank of Officer.
Speaking on the occasion, Marvi said that it was an honour for her to receive prestigious French National Order of Merit and humbled by the generosity of the French President Emmanuel Macron for recognising and valuing her work.
Minister Marvi thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for entrusting her with opportunity to head BISP which has enabled her to contribute to the lives of the most discriminated and therefore to be in a position to receive such a prestigious international award. She reiterated that Prime Minister’s confidence and support in the various achievements stands distinct.
She said that she feels proud to be spearheading Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) — the biggest social safety network of Pakistan and South Asia. BISP is not just any social safety programme; it is a massive investment in Pakistan’s womenfolk. “Since women are the real architects of society,” investing in women’s economic empowerment through BISP is setting a direct path towards poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth for our country,” she said.
She added that having spent part of her childhood in France where she received her early education, she found resonance between Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s vision for a society “Unity, Faith and Discipline” and French national motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternite” (Liberty, Equality, fraternity).
French Ambassador Martine Dorance congratulated Marvi and conveyed unwavering support by the President of French Republic to the development of relations between France and Pakistan.
The message from the President read, “in recognition of her actions in favour of the people of Pakistan and her devotion to promote relations between France and Pakistan, the President of the French Republic is pleased to bestow the National Order of Merit upon her”.
The ceremony was attended by Senator Nisar Memon, Ministers Lieutenant General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sartaj Aziz Lieutenant General (r) Nasir Janjua, Baligh Ur Rehman, Saira Afzal Tarar, President AJK Masood Khan, EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain, British High Commissioner Thomas Drew parliamentarians and members of diplomatic community.