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Shahbaz seeks WB, DFID help for energy sector

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called upon international monetary institutions and donor agencies to extend maximum cooperation to find a solution to energy crisis, population control and development of health and other sectors.

He was presiding over a meeting of representatives and experts from the World Bank, Department for International Development (DFID) and other donor agencies at Punjab House, Islamabad on Monday.

He said international institutions should also provide assistance for preparing a report on the causes of spread of measles and the measures for controlling the disease. He said besides improvement of health facilities, a comprehensive programme would also be evolved for curbing diseases as well as adopting preventive measures.

The CM said it would be difficult to achieve the targets of development if rapidly increasing population was not controlled. He said good governance and elimination of corruption were among the top priorities of the government and instead of construction of buildings, investment is being made in male and female students for promotion of education and the scope of vouchers scheme for students would further be expanded.

Minister of State for Health Begum Saira Afzal Tarar, MPA Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Planning & Development Chairman Sohail Ahmed, Finance Secretary Tariq Bajwa, Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal, secretaries of School Education, Women Development and Excise & Taxation departments, World Bank Country Director Rashid Bin Masood, DFID head in Pakistan George Turkington, World Bank expert on Health Inamul Haq and experts in finance, private sector and management were present.

Seeking help of world bodies including WB, Shahbaz said besides hydel and thermal power, coal, windmill and other resources would also be utilised for generating electricity in Punjab. The WB country director, DFID head and other experts during the briefing said there was a large scope of investment, creation of jobs and development of education and health sector in Pakistan, especially in Punjab.

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