LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has underscored the need for further cementing Pakistan-Canada trade ties and promoting exchange of delegation-level visits between the two countries.

He said this while talking to Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms Heather Cruden who called on him here yesterday. During the meeting matters of mutual interest, promotion of cooperation in various sectors and bilateral relations came under discussion. The CM stressed the need for further promoting cooperation in trade, economic and other sectors and increasing volume of mutual trade between the two countries. He laid emphasis on increasing exchange of trade delegations between Pakistan and Canada to achieve this end.

The chief minister informed the Canadian HC about the “vast opportunities” of investment existed in energy, agriculture and livestock sectors in Punjab and invited the Canadian investors to benefit from the same. He said that Punjab government is providing all possible incentives for this purpose. Shahbaz Sharif said the government is implementing various projects speedily for meeting the energy requirements. He said local and foreign investors involved in energy production are being given every facility. He said that far-reaching reforms are being introduced in socio-economic sectors. The Canadian High Commissioner said that her country gives great importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further promote trade and economic relations with it.

Meanwhile, American Consul General Zachary Harkenrider met Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, here yesterday. Matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations were discussed in the meeting.