Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador calls on Shah­baz Sharif

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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