LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is rich in natural resources and produces world’s finest fruit and vegetables. He said that mango, oranges, kino and other fruits of Pakistan are unique with regard to their taste and nutritional value. He said that there is a large demand of Pakistani fruits and vegetables in the Middle East countries and it can substantially increase its export of food items by benefiting from Australian technology and expertise.

The CM said this while talking to a high-level Australian delegation led by High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan, Timothy George, here Friday. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Agriculture Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Planning & Development Chairman, Punjab Investment Board Vice-Chairman and senior officers were also present.

Talking to the Australian delegation, the CM appreciated the active role of Australian High Commissioner in expanding relations between Pakistan and Australia. He said that there are cordial relations as well as unanimity of views on international issues between Pakistan and Australia. He said that in order to reap economic opportunities and benefits of 21st century it is necessary that various countries should cooperate with each other and share their knowledge and experience. He said that Pakistan has an important place in the world with regard to milk production while there is a vast scope of development in agriculture, industrial, information technology, solar energy, communication, education, health and other sectors in the country. He said that special attention is being paid to the alternative sources of generation of energy and uplift of education and health sectors in Punjab. He said that a conducive environment has been created for foreign investment in the province and all-out facilities and guidance is being provided to the investors from the platform of Punjab Investment Board. Describing trade and investment as the top priority of his government, the CM said that Punjab government is desirous of launching joint ventures with Australian companies in various sectors. He said that Australian companies should make maximum investment in livestock, dairy farming and mining sectors. He said that investment in these sectors is lucrative and completely safe and Australian technology and technical expertise will especially be beneficial for mining and dairy farming sectors in Punjab besides creating job opportunities as well as developing industrial sector of the country. He said that there are vast iron ore reserves in Chiniot which can be explored with the help of Australian technology for taking maximum advantage. He said that besides industrial sector, Punjab government is also paying attention to agriculture sector.