LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the government has created a conducive atmosphere for investment in the province wherein maximum facilities are being offered to investors. He said that a vibrant and autonomous investment board has also been established with representation of experts in various sectors therein. The Chief Minister was talking to President Coca Cola International Operation Huseyin Akin and President Middle East and Pakistan Region Ronald W. Jones who called on him at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here Wednesday. Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board Pir Saad Ahsanuddin, Secretary Advisory Council, Kh. Haroon and Secretary Commerce were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that Pakistan has huge natural resources which could be used for national prosperity and to boost economy to in turn shed reliance on foreign aid. He said there is a wide scope of investment in different sectors in Punjab and government in order to attract the same, has adopted a comprehensive strategy. He lamented lack of any solid effort in the past for the development of natural resources on account of which Pakistan today lagged far behind the developed nations. He said that in the 80s Pakistans exports were higher than Turkey but now the volume of exports of Turkey is $136 billion whereas Pakistani exports are only about $19 billion. He said that Pakistani nation will also have to display a sprit of commitment, dedication and hard work to ensure speedy progress of the country. He said huge foreign exchange can be earned through export of agri products and Halal meat to Malaysia, Middle East and other countries for which, negotiations were going on with different countries. He said that Coca Cola can also launch joint venture in fresh juice and French fries as high quality potato is available in Punjab. He said that Punjab government will extend all out facilities to Coca Cola for investment in the province. President Coca Cola International Operation Huseyin Akin said that Coca Cola International will consider further investment in Punjab. He said that his company is already investing in Punjab and working on the project of setting up a state-of-the-art plant in Multan. He appreciated the measures taken by Chief Minister Punjab for promotion of investment of the province and said that he will soon submit proposals regarding investment in the projects of fresh juice and French fries in Punjab.