Punjab Working on Alternative Energy: CM
CHIEF Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government is working on alternate sources of power generation and a separate department has been set up for this purpose.
He was addressing a ceremony held to sign a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Punjab government and a German company, Azur Solar, for cooperation in solar energy sector at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here Thursday.
Punjab Board of Investment Vice-Chairman Pir Saad Ahsanuddin and Director of the Company Uwe Stoermer signed the document. Under the agreement, the company would set up a 50-megawatt solar energy unit in Jalalpur Pirwala, Multan.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said energy was of key importance for the development of industrial and trade sectors and that’s why measures were being taken at federal and provincial levels to cope with the energy crisis. He said that was a vast scope of benefiting from the solar energy and after Multan, the German company should consider setting up solar energy plant in other areas as well. He said the Punjab government had provided a conducive atmosphere for investment in the province and all projects were being completed in a transparent manner while all out facilities were being provided to the investors.
He stated that an autonomous and vibrant Punjab Investment Board has also been set up for encouraging and facilitating investors.
The participants of the function had a pleasant surprise when they saw Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif talking to the representatives of the Germen firm in fluent German. He also discussed the details of the agreement with the German entrepreneurs in their language.
Senior executives of the German company, Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Member National Assembly, Muhammad Balighur Rehman, Member Provincial Assembly Mian Muhammad Nauman, Secretaries of Irrigation and Commerce departments and other officers concerned were also present.
economic recovery: Shahbaz Sharif has said that steps taken for the economic recovery of the province, welfare of people and promotion of education and other sectors of social development have started yielding positive results.
He was talking to the assembly members from various districts at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Thursday.
The CM said said that steps like setting up IT labs in schools, establishment of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Danish Schools, encouragement of students and teachers, promotion of curricular and extra-curricular activities and training of teachers would leave a far-reaching impact on the education sector.
He said the government was attaching top priority to the sector and the funds allocated for the sector in the current fiscal year were 12 percent more than the previous year.