KARACHI - A five-member delegation of Japanese media called on Minister for Information, Labour, Transport and Mass Transit Nasir Hussain Shah here on Saturday and discussed matters of mutual interest. The delegation, here in Pakistan on a seven-day visit, had arrived on December 4, and is led by Bureau Chief of Senkai Shimbun Hiroshi Mori.

Sindh Secretary Information Imran Atta Soomro, Ashfaq Ali, Abdul Nabi Memon, Ken lwasaki, Deputy Editor, Foreign News, Chiyoko Nakamoto Toyoda, Senior Director, International News, News Department, Masato Toriya, visiting fellow and Go Yamada, senior staff writer at Nikkei Asian Review were also present on the occasion.

The delegation remained with the minister for some time and discussed matters of cooperation between both the countries, including public welfare-oriented projects introduced by the government, especially by the Government of Sindh, in health, education, energy, poverty reduction, human resource development, transport and other sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, Nasir said that the Government of Sindh had initiated projects for the welfare of people.

He welcomed the visitors and hoped that friendly ties between the two countries would further strengthen with the passage of time. “JICA has studied Sindh’s transport sector, and it is hoped that it will be revived in coming days,” the minister hoped.

 He also informed members of the delegation about various steps taken in the transport sector as well as in the energy sector such as a power plant at Nooriabad, and Dhabeji Economic Zone, which is also included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Japanese media delegation thanked the minister and shared with him the policies and priorities of their government.

They also informed him about details of their one-week visit to Pakistan which they had undertaken to assess the status of development projects initiated by both the federal and provincial governments.

They hoped that they would assess the impact of investment on Pakistan in future too and stressed the need for further promoting the friendly ties between the two countries in every sector.