MIGA willing to assist in investment in health care, industrial parks

Lahore—Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank group Ms. Keiko Honda on Saturady expressed willingness to assist in investment in healthcare system and industrial parks in Punjab.
Ms. Keiko Honda, talking to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, said that Punjab province under the leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has made splendid achievements in different sectors and the measures taken in health, education, industries and other sectors are commendable.
She said that close cooperation will be extended to Punjab government for increasing investment in different sectors.
The Chief Minister, referring to the steps taken for coping with energy crisis, Shahbaz Sharif said that besides traditional methods, power generation work is being carried out expeditiously for energy production through alternate sources.
He said that agriculture, industry and other sectors will develop due to increase in power production and the rate of annual development will increase by two percent. He said that government is also working on power projects with its own resources.
He said that federal and Punjab government are speedily implementing projects of generation of electricity through gas. He said that completion of gas-based power projects of 3600 megawatts will result in availability of cheap electricity to the masses.
He said that load-shedding will be overcome to a large extent by the end of next year. Shahbaz Sharif further said that political and military leadership is on one page for eliminating terrorism and extremism and Operation Zarb-e-Azb has broken the back of terrorists. He said that he personally reviews implementation of reforms programme in education, health and social sectors. He said that a large portion of Pakistan’s population comprises youth and provision of vocational training to them for their empowerment is a big challenge. He said that government has evolved a programme to make 20 lakh youth skillful during next two years and technical assistance of World Bank for this programme will be welcomed.
He said that private sector has also been provided favourable conditions for business. He said that hospitals are being upgraded in Punjab for extending modern treatment facilities to the masses.

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