A delegation of World Bank led by its country director Mr Najy Benhassine called on Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday. The meeting agreed to enhance cooperation while discussing progress made on different initiatives of infrastructural development.
The CM, while assuring to achieve different targets, said the World Bank is the most important development partner of the Punjab government and vowed to achieve the targets of development framework 2022-26. The government welcomed the WB assistance and the cooperation will also be continued in future, he added. The government is working on a plan to overcome children’s nutritional deficiency while health and educational facilities are being improved at grassroots. He informed that universal health coverage program will be extended to every citizen of the province by December 2021. The government will also take benefit from the experience of WB experts for promoting the use of latest agri. technology to assist the farmers; he added and pointed out that incentives given to the construction sector have promoted business activities.
Meanwhile, an investors’ delegation led by CEO Tawwan Pvt. Ltd Tanvir Hussain Awan met Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and showed interest in investing in the province. Director Suleman Nasir Abdullah, advisor Shahbaz Khan, chief secretary, chairman P&D and others were also present. Talking on the occasion, the CM said that revolutionary steps have been taken by the PTI government to promote investment adding that Punjab has emerged as a haven for the investors. The investors are provided with different facilities under one roof while giving several incentives to the construction sector. He disclosed that the cabinet has given in-principle approval to establish Lahore Central Business District Development Authority which would work for the promotion of business activities at Walton airport and surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, a 12-member delegation comprising notables from different parts of Balochistan led by Balochistan Minister for Food and Population Welfare Sardar Abdul Rehman Khatran called on Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
The chief minister warmly welcomed the delegation. Abdul Rehman Khatran greeted the CM and expressed good wishes for Usman Buzdar on recovering from Covid-19. Usman Buzdar said that guests from Balochistan are very respectable for him as people of Punjab have a special place for Balochi brethren as well as people from different areas of Pakistan. He said that the progress and prosperity of people of Balochistan are very dear to him. Punjab government has started different projects in education and health sectors as a goodwill gesture. Punjab government is also cooperating with the KPK government, he said. Punjab government is implementing the vision of composite development for putting Punjab on the road to real progress. He said that the people of Barkhan and other areas will be benefitted from the institute of cardiology in DG Khan.
Meanwhile, PML-N’s MPA Nishat Ahmad Daha called on CM Usman Buzdar and apprised him of the constituency problems and the progress made on various development schemes in his constituency.
The chief minister assured him of early resolution to the problems and Nishat Daha expressed confidence on the leadership of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. Usman Buzdar said that his doors are always open for people’s representatives and the resolution of people’s problems is his prime responsibility adding that parliamentarians respect will be ensured at any cost and no one will be allowed to create hindrance in the solution of genuine work.