LAHORE - Impressed by the mega projects completed by the Punjab government in the past five years, Turk investors in their meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday, expressed their keen desire to invest in energy, housing and other sectors. 

The chief minister told them that there was also a vast scope of investment in tourism and housing sector in Punjab and Turk investors should consider investment in these sectors as well.

They said that they were deeply impressed with the completion of metro bus project in a record period of time by the Punjab government. The Turk investors also said that Lahore could be considered among the developed cities of the world.

According to an official handout, they said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was serving the people in the real sense by completing mega projects within a record period.

Shahbaz Sharif told them that a favourable atmosphere had been created in Punjab for investment and Punjab Investment Board was assisting and facilitating investors. He further said that foreign investors should benefit from the conducive atmosphere available in Punjab for investment as special incentives were being offered to foreign investors for setting up energy projects.  He said that Turk investors should fully benefit from investment opportunities in energy sector.

The delegation included Chairman Bozatli International Dr. Ali Bozatli, Vice Chairman Mehmat Bozatli, Chairman Azad USA Group Akbar Azad, Chief Executive Officer Safa Marwa Industries Muhammad Waqas Marwa and Chairman AsiaTech Group Nadeem Malik. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Managing Director Metro Bus Authority, Secretary Energy and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion.

The chief minister said that several Turk companies were working on various projects with the collaboration of Punjab government and had invested billions of dollars in the province during last five years. He appreciated the cooperation and investment of Turkey in metro bus project, solid waste management and landfill site projects.

Shahbaz said that a modern system of sanitation had been introduced in the provincial metropolis with the collaboration of Turk companies and its scope was being expanded to five other cities of Punjab including Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Sialkot.

He observed that Turkey was a brotherly country of Pakistan and the historic, cultural and fraternal ties existing between the two countries have been changed into strong economic relations.