LAHORE - The Punjab government is speedily working on various projects across the province to meet the demand for energy, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said.

He was talking to a delegation headed by Chairman Exim Bank of America Fred P Hochberg who called on him yesterday. The American delegation expressed interest in investment in various sectors in Pakistan in addition to sharing views in the matters of trade and economy.

US Ambassador in Pakistan David Hale was also present on the occasion.

The CM told the delegation that the projects of public welfare and infrastructure development were also being implemented expeditiously. “There is a vast scope of investment in Pakistan and maximum facilities are being provided to investors,” he added.

The pace of economic development has accelerated in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the CM further said. “Due to stable financial policies of the government, the process of trade and economic development has gain the pace which will leave a positive impact on national economy.”

Chairman Exim Bank expressed interest in investment in Pakistan, and appreciated the government policies for economic development and stability. The delegation included American Consul General Zachary Hakenrider, Vice President American Trade Finance Ms Annette B Maresh, Senior Vice President Trade Finance Scot P Schloegel, Director Scheduling Christopher M Semenas and American diplomats.

Federal Secretary Water & Power Muhammad Younis, Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Bajwa, Chairman Planning & Development, Provincial Secretary Energy, CEO NPPCL and DG LDA were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the chief minister presided over a meeting which reviewed progress on the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute and Research Center project.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the project of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute is a milestone in the provision of quality health facilities to the masses.

“This institute will be state-of-the-art with regard to modern treatment of kidney and liver diseases and free medical facilities will be available to poor, destitute and deserving patients,” Shehbaz said, adding that the center will be a masterpiece of medical science, clinical research and provision of treatment facilities and will be at par with the standard of the best institutes of its kind in the world.

Adviser on Health Kh Salman Rafiq, Chairman Board of Governors Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute Dr Saeed Akhtar, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Law, Communication and Works, Specialized Health & Medical Education, Housing, Commissioner Lahore Division, Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Development Authority, MD NESPAK, MD Sui Gas, Chief Executive Officer LESCO and concerned officers attended the meeting.