Pakistan News Service

Saturday Aug 2, 2014, Shawwal 5, 1435 Hijri
Logo
Main News Business & Economy Stock & Bond Editorials Cotton & Textiles Agriculture & Allied Fuel & Energy Taxiation Company News

Punjab seeks Canadian help in hydel generation

08 January, 2014

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has sought Canadian cooperation in training of the police on modern lines as well as generating electricity under public-private partnership. He said that Pakistan and Canada have close friendly relations which need to be translated into strong economic and trade ties.

  More on this

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has sought Canadian cooperation in training of the police on modern lines as well as generating electricity under public-private partnership. He said that Pakistan and Canada have close friendly relations which need to be translated into strong economic and trade ties.

While appreciating Canadian cooperation to Pakistan in social sectors especially education, he expressed the desire to benefit from the Canadian expertise in the production of hydel power in Pakistan. He was talking to a Canadian delegation of Senators and parliamentarians who met him, here on Tuesday. The Senators included Salma Atta Ullah Jan, 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.  The Chief Minister told the Senators about the negative effects cast by the energy crisis on every sector of life in Pakistan and the emergency measures the government has taken 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. He said that government is utilising modern technology for further improving law and order situation and special attention is being paid to the training of police.

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.

Courtesy: The Nation


 
Suggested Sites