LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that every effort will be made to come up to the expectations of Chinese President with regard to making Pakistan an Asian Tiger.

“A new era of Pak-China friendship has begun with the historic visit of Chinese President to Pakistan,” said the chief minister while talking to media after the speech of Chinese President to the joint session of Parliament in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The chief minister said the national unity and harmony displayed during the visit of Chinese President is unprecedented and the agreements of investment of billions of dollars signed on this occasion, guarantee progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

He said that no effort would be spared to give a practical shape to these agreements as well as to make Pakistan an Asian Tiger with the cooperation of China. He said we are committed to working round the clock on the projects for their timely completion.

The chief minister further said that Chinese President by making historic agreements for investment of $46 billion in energy, infrastructure, transport and other sectors has proved he is a true friend of Pakistan. Pak-China friendship is an asset for coming generations. The visit of Chinese President has proved to be a game changer, he added.

Meanwhile, a high level delegation led by Chairman Power China met Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday and shared views on survey and preparation of the master plan for utilisation of energy resources.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed on this occasion between the Punjab government and Hydro China Cooperation which is a subsidiary organisation of Power China with regard to survey and master planning of energy resources.

Under the agreement Hydro China Corporation will conduct a survey of energy resources and undertake master planning in Punjab. It was also agreed to constitute a working group comprising senior officials and experts of Punjab government and Hydro China Corporation.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif investment by Chinese private and public sector companies in energy sector in Pakistan is highly appreciable.

A delegation of State Grid Corporation of China led by its president also met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed in detail a project for laying transmission lines for power project.

The chief minister said that Punjab government would extend all out administrative help and cooperation to the ongoing federal energy projects in Punjab. He said that there would be no delay in acquiring land for the installation of transmission lines. He said that besides increasing energy production, the government was also paying attention to the extension of transmission lines.