Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2014
Published in Category: Lahore

Pakistan intends to promote trade with Canada

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Canada have close friendly relations however there is a need to promote economic and trade ties between the two countries.

He said that Canada is extending cooperation to Pakistan in social sectors especially education. He said that Canada has expertise in hydel power generation and Pakistan wants to benefit from its experience.

He was talking to a Canadian delegation of senators and parliamentarians which met him, here today. The delegation included Canadian Senator Salma Atta Ullah Jan, Senator Ms. Nancy Ruth and Brad Butt.

Matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations were discussed in the meeting. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board and concerned officers were also present.

Talking to the Canadian delegation, the Chief Minister said that energy crisis has affected every sector of life in Pakistan and the government is taking measures on emergent basis to overcome this problem.

He said that work is being carried out expeditiously with the cooperation of China on coal-based power plants while the government is also working on the projects of hydel power generation so that low-cost electricity could be provided to the masses. He said that Pakistan has vast scope of hydel power generation and Canadian investors can benefit from these opportunities.

He said that Canada should consider promotion of cooperation with Pakistan in hydel power generation sector and projects can be started under public-private partnership.

The Chief Minister said that government is offering special incentives and facilities for investment in energy sector. He said that the goal of national progress cannot be achieved without energy; therefore, government is concentrating on this sector.

He said that police is being provided modern training and weapons for improving law and order in the province. He said that work is in progress on integrated command and control center and this project will be completed during the current year.

He said that initially digital cameras will be installed in the provincial metropolis for keeping a vigilant eye on criminal elements. He said that the scope of the project will be extended to the whole province under a phased programme.

Shahbaz said that government is utilizing modern technology for further improving law and order situation and special attention is being paid to the training of police. Shahbaz Sharif said that Canadian cooperation in the training of police on modern lines would be welcomed.

The members of the Canadian delegation said that cooperation with Pakistan in hydel power generation projects will be considered while cooperation will be extended to Punjab government in the training of police.

They said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is rendering commendable services for the welfare and betterment of the people of the province and his tireless efforts in this regard are being appreciated at the international level as well.

They said that Shahbaz Sharif is taking commendable steps for the uplift of the masses which is a prominent feature of his leadership.