16 Oct 2010

Meeting of Pakistan aid group

6:00 am on 16 October 2010

An international group is meeting in Brussels to discuss Pakistan's plans for economic reform and its efforts to rebuild its infrastructure following the recent floods.

But the BBC reports the meeting on Friday of the Friends of a Democratic Pakistan, comprising 26 countries and global institutions, is likely to hear harsh criticism of how Pakistani authorities handled the disaster.

Donors have been calling for fiscal reforms such as broadening Pakistan's tax base, ending subsidies and fighting corruption.

The Asian Development Bank puts rebuilding costs at $US10 billion.

The ADB has already offered a emergency loan of $US2 billion. It has been co-leading - along with the World Bank - a countrywide damage and needs assessment.

On Thursday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the rich in Pakistan must do more to help their own people.

She called on the Pakistani government to mobilise its own resources and said there was only so much that the international community could do.