LAHORE  - South Africa will cooperate with Punjab Government in the mining and other sectors. South African High Commissioner to Pakistan Mpendulo Kumalo who met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Monday agreed that his government would extend help to the Punjab government in the mining and other sectors of development.

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while talking to the HC said there are vast opportunities of investment in mining and other sectors in Pakistan. He said that a favourable atmosphere for investment has been created in Punjab while all out facilities are being provided to investors on priority basis. He said that there are vast reserves of coal in Thar.

 He said that Pakistan is rich in mineral wealth including coal and South African investors can fully benefit from investment opportunities in mining and other sectors.

The Chief Minister said that Pakistan and South Africa have strong friendly ties and there is a need to take steps for promoting trade and economic relations between the two countries. He said that government wants to utilise vast coal reserves existing in the country and South Africa can cooperate with Pakistan in its mining. He said that Punjab government has announced a massive programme of setting up coal-based power projects. The Chief Minister paid tributes to the services of South African leader Nelson Mandela for the promotion of peace and said that he was a sagacious leader who made invaluable contributions to peace.

The South African High Commissioner said that his country is ready to promote cooperation with Pakistan in mining and other sectors and there is a need to promote public contacts between the two countries.