Punjab making efforts to solve energy crisis by own resources
16 October, 2012
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that energy road show to be held in Istanbul on 17 October is an important development in the wake of his recent visit to Turkey, and will go a long way in solving energy crisis in Punjab province.
He said that conduct of energy road show is a success of Punjab government and an acknowledgment of the fact that Turkish leadership gives great importance to its friendship with the Punjab government.
The Chief Minister expressed these views during a briefing with regard to energy road show for Punjab in Istanbul, here on Monday. The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor, Member National Assembly Ahsan Iqbal, Secretaries of Finance, Mines and Energy and officers concerned. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab has large coal and hydel reserves to generate electricity and Punjab government is making strenuous efforts to solve energy crisis through its own resources. The Chief Minister directed the members of the delegation who will take part in energy road show to give a comprehensive briefing to the Turkish energy companies on the possibilities of investment in Punjab, especially negotiations should be held to make joint investment in energy projects relating to coal and hydel power.
He said that Punjab government would extend all out facilities and incentives to Turkish investors in the province. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif informed that leading energy companies of Turkey are participating in energy road show for Punjab, which would be inaugurated by Turkish Minister for Energy and Natural Resources.