European Union Ambassador calls on Shahbaz Sharif
Ambassador of European Union in Pakistan Jean Francois Cautain met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, here today. Matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and implementation of the points of GSP Plus were discussed in the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that there are strong friendly ties between Pakistan and European Union. He said Pakistan gives high importance to the cooperation of European Union for the development of education, health infrastructure besides other social sectors in the country. He said that after GSP Plus status Pakistan's textile industry has got access to European markets and the trade is increasing.
He said that GSP Plus points are being effectively implemented in Punjab and a special cabinet committee has been set up for getting maximum benefit from GSP Plus status. He said that a revolutionary programme is being implemented for the empowerment of youth and women in Punjab and positive results are being witnessed.
Referring to the measures taken by the provincial government for the elimination of child labour, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government has taken effective steps for curbing child labor and he is personally monitoring the performance of the steering committee set up for this purpose.
He said that a splendid educational package has been given for the education of the children working at brick kilns and not only a monthly stipend is being given to these children but the government will also bear their educational expenses.
Commenting on the international report of the Transparency International issued from Berlin regarding control of corruption, Shehbaz Sharif said that this report has authenticated the transparent policies of the present government and improvement in the rating of Pakistan with regard to efforts for curbing corruption is encouraging. He said that Pakistan is the only country of the region whose international rating has improved with regard to the measures for eliminating corruption.
He said that no scandal of the present government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has surfaced which is a big credit. Referring to the steps taken for overcoming energy crisis and terrorism, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan is facing the challenge of terrorism and extremism as well as shortage of electricity.
He said that government is taking effective measures for rooting out terrorism and resolving energy problem. He said that the ruthless elements that targeted the future of the nation at Bacha Khan University, Charsadda deserve no leniency and the whole nation is united to eliminate the menace of terrorism. He said that 18 crore people of Pakistan are fully determined to defeat the enemies of peace. He said that the dream of national progress and prosperity cannot be realized without curbing the scourge of terrorism.
He said that terrorists are enemies of the entire humanity and the restoration of peace will result in progress and prosperity in the region. The Chief Minister said that in order to check the trend of extremism, revolutionary measures are also been taken on ideological front. He said that topics of tolerance, peace and brotherhood have been made a part of syllabus.
He said that besides traditional methods, the government is also striving for generation of energy from renewable resources. He said that sincere efforts have been made during the last two and a half years for coping with energy crisis and a number of projects will be producing electricity by the end of 2017 which will substantially reduce loadshedding.