Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fars to constitute joint group for hydro power and tourism

Peshawar: The governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Iranian Province Fars have agreed for constituting a joint working group (JWP) for mutual cooperation between the two provinces in hydro power, tourism, agriculture, trade and other sectors. The suggestion was floated by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti during a formal meeting between representative delegations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Industrialists, traders and investors of Sheraz Chamber of Commerce on November 04, 2011.

Governor General Fars, Hussain Sadiq Abeden, Deputy Governor, Fars Dr. Muhammad Zamanian, Iranian Consul General in Peshawar General Hasan Darvesh Wand and provincial authorities were also present on the occasion.

Members of the group will include representatives of government and chambers of commerce and industry from both sides. The working group will prepare action plan for joint cooperation in selected sectors. The CM said that we are confronting challenge of insurgency for the last few years for which the government and people of the province have paid a huge price.

He said that terrorism and insurgency have badly affected business, trade and economic activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; however, our courageous and brave people were not hopeless and they have proved to move ahead in any sort of circumstances and face any challenge. He said that this visit was mere beginning that will prove a milestone in future.

The CM said that Allah Almighty has blessed with vast natural resources which can be utilized for bringing pleasant change in lives of our people. He said that we need support and cooperation of Fars and Isfahan in realizing this commitment. He threw detailed light on capacity and opportunities available in the province and said that vast opportunities existed in hydro power sector.

He said that prospects of realizing these projects are bright and the provincial government was giving special attention to public and private investment in this connection. He further added that resources of oil and gas were notably increased in past few years and we were interested in benefiting from experiences of Iran in this sector too. He said that despite challenge, attractive and beautiful areas in the province can play vital role in promoting tourism.

He stressed joint efforts for promotion of tourism. The CM said that his visit to Fars and Isfahan was aimed at benefiting from skills and experiences of Iranian brothers and a representative delegation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chambers of Commerce will soon visit Fars and Isfahan that will share mutual opportunities in different sectors in this connection. Later, in question and answer session traders, industrialists and investors of Sheraz asked queries about available opportunities in tourism, culture and industrial sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

ACS Atta Ullah Khan, Secretary Industry Khalid Pervez, and Secretary Tourism Syed Jamal-ud-Din furnished detailed answers to their questions and invited Iranian investors to come forward and launch practical efforts in best interests of the people of both the countries. Senior Provincial Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, and Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain were also present on the occasion.

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