KARACHI - Senator Robert Casey, a member of US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, accompanied by Principal Advisor for Foreign Affairs Jofi Joseph and US Consul General at Karachi, Kay L.
Anskey, met City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal here on Tuesday.
During the meeting which continued for 75 minutes, matters relating to Karachi, particularly its reconstruction and development, came under discussion.
Senator Robert Kasey appreciated the development works carried out in Karachi and said it is a good omen that this city has made speedy development strides and mega projects completed in a very short period and steps taken for solving the problems of citizens.
He said that importance of Karachi is also acknowledged by Washington because it is a most important city not only of Pakistan but also entire Region.
Mustafa Kamal said on the occasion that city government, during the last 2 years, completed the development schemes in all parts of the city without any discrimination and remaining above politics.
He said Karachi had lot of problems and for the first time city's master plan was approved in which equal attention has been paid to city's all civic problems.
He informed the visiting Senator that for the first time infrastructure was specially focussed and to meet the needs of citizens water and sewerage infrastructure laid in areas where it was non existent, by spending huge amount.
Nazim said that Karachi is now being given importance world over and the basic reason for this was that city government carried out extra ordinary development works in 27 months and organised its international marketing.
He pointed out that Karachi serves as back bone not only of Pakistan but is also a most important city geographically.
He informed that special steps have been taken to provide all possible facilities to investors, businessmen and industrialists and as a result Karachi has become a center of focus for world investors.
During the last 2 years, direct investment of many billion dollars has been made here as a result of steps taken by the government during the last 2 years.
He said City Government has made offer to world investors for making investment here while government will provide all facilities and incentives for protection of their investment.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 28-May-2008 here.