Pak-Australia mutual economic & social relations discussed

LAHORE: Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Margaret Anne Adamson met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday and discussed matters of mutual interest, ways to improve Pak-Australia mutual economic and social relations.

The two also talked about extending cooperation in agriculture, livestock, skills development and education. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said Pakistan and Australia have the best friendly relations and there are ample opportunities for investment in livestock and agriculture sectors of Punjab. He said exchange of delegations between Australia and Pakistan can help in promotion of cooperation in economic and social sectors.

Shahbaz said a conducive atmosphere has been created in Pakistan, especially Punjab, for investment and there are vast investment opportunities in livestock and agriculture sectors in the province. He said the government wants to further strengthen relations with Australia in agriculture, livestock, skill development and education sectors. He said revolutionary reforms have been introduced in education and health sectors in Punjab and youth are being imparted different skills in accordance with market needs. Shahbaz Sharif said Australian investors should benefit from the vast opportunities of investment in Punjab and assured that all-out facilities will be provided.

He said exchange of business delegations between Pakistan and Australia will also result in increase in investment. The government, he added, wants to benefit from the experience and expertise of Australia in agriculture, livestock, dairy development and other sectors. Australian High Commissioner Adamson appreciated the measures taken by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in different sectors. She said Australia will take steps for the promotion of cooperation with Punjab government in different sectors so that bilateral relations could be further strengthened.

Separately, Shahbaz Sharif has approved creation of a fund of Rs 50 million for Lahore General Hospital in order to complete its project regarding provision of clean, hygienic and pollution-free environment in the premises of LGH. The fund would be spent on reconstruction and widening of inside roads of hospital. Moreover, tough tiles on the collars of inside roads and green belts would also be maintained to beautify the environment. This was said by Prof Khalid Mahmood, principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Lahore General Hospital while presiding over an administrative meeting.

He said that by using the above said amount, lightning arresting system would be installed at the taller buildings of the hospital to prevent any accident. Fire fighting system is also going to be installed in various parts of the hospital for the safety in case fire erupts at any department. He said as many as 16 public toilets would also be constructed at various places to facilitate patients, their attendants and staff of LGH. He also said that the arrival and exit gates would also be separated under this project, which will reduce inconvenience for visitors.

Prof Mahmood said effective steps are being taken under the health vision of the chief minister so as to turn LGH into a state-of-the-art organisation. Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of PML-N on Sunday, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said selfless journey of public service will be continued despite opposition to progress by a handful of people. He said those people who put hurdles in the way of public welfare projects, cannot bear elimination of public problems. He said objectors of development projects do not want to see people get prosperous and country developed. Agencies