QUETTA - Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani has said that his govt welcomes foreign investors to explore enormous mineral and other natural resources in the province that could be mutually beneficial to both the investors and the people of Balochistan. Raisani was talking to a 5-member delegation, which included Aaron Regent, Chief Executive Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation (BGC) and Gerhard von Borries, Chief Executive Officer, Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) here on Tuesday. Both these international companies were running the Rekodiq Copper and Gold Project in Balochistan. The other members of the delegation included Ms. Cassie Boggs, senior Vice President BGC; Kelvin Dushnisky, executive Vice President BGC and Col (Retd) Sher Khan, Director Security TCC. On the occasion Provincial Ministers, Mir Asim Kurd Gailu, Mir Sadiq Umrani and Sardar Aslam Bizenjo besides Chief Secretary Balochistan, Mir Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri and other senior government officials were also present. Raisani said that the Rekodiq was a project of very vital nature for the people of Balochistan and keeping in view its importance the government of Balochistan had decided to run it single handed. 'For this purpose a Board of Governors had already been constituted headed by renowned scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand, he added. The Chief Minister said the government of Balochistan wanted that a refinery should be established at the Rekodiq site for refining of the minerals extracted from the project because, he added, the past experiences showed that the companies doing such business had exploited and taken our precious metals at the cost of the people of Balochistan. 'However, if the company comes up with better proposals that could be of mutual benefits for the present management and the people of Balochistan, the government would welcome such proposals for re-evaluation and re-examining the same, he said. Raisani gave assurances that any national and multi-national companies that wanted to make investment in different sectors of the economy in the province would be extended all possible assistance including foolproof security facilities. The Chief Minister maintained that Balochistan was rich in terms of its untapped natural resources and offered avenues for making investment in as diverse sectors as of economy as seafood industry, oil and gas exploration, power generation through different sources like wind, tidal, solar and thermal energies etc. He informed the delegation that the government was going to establish a separate body namely the Balochistan Investment Board in order to provide one-window facilities to the investors in the province. He said budgetary allocations have already been made during the current financial year for this purpose.