LAHORE - A delegation led by the head of USAID Robin Raphael met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at CMs Secretariat here on Monday, and discussed matters regarding relief and rehabilitation of the flood affectees and cooperation in different sectors. Robin Raphael commended the efforts of the Punjab government for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims and development of the province. She said performance of the administrative team, led by the CM, for the achievement of development targets was highly impressive. She assured cooperation of USAID for the development of solar energy, education and livestock sectors in the province. Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, American Consul General Carmella Conroy, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Planning and Development Board, Secretaries of Schools, Irrigation, Health and Director General Punjab Disaster Management Authority were also present on the occasion. Talking to the delegation, the CM expressed gratitude for cooperation of America for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims as well as uplift of various sectors. He welcomed the proposed agreement between USAID and the Punjab govt under which a grant of $ 148 million would be spent on the projects aimed at improvement of literacy rate in five most backward districts of southern Punjab. He stressed the need for cooperation for the uplift of other sectors as well. He said his govt was attaching top priority to the development of education sector and had taken revolutionary measures for this purpose. The CM further said the govt was implementing a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation and economic self-reliance of the flood victims. He told the delegation that provision of relief assistance to the flood affectees through Watan Cards had almost being completed, and construction of model villages with modern civic amenities was underway. The model villages will usher in a new era in backward areas. Secondly, the govt has adopted a highly transparent mechanism for the distribution of relief amounts through Watan Cards, which has also been appreciated by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, he added. The CM further said the Punjab was rich in natural resources, which could be developed for generating further resources. Moreover, he mentioned that that development of livestock sector in southern Punjab could not only help in elimination of poverty and ignorance, but huge foreign exchange could also be earned through milk processing and export of meat. He wanted that besides education sector, America should also cooperate for the development of solar energy and livestock sectors as well as setting up of state-of-the-art veterinary universities in Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan. He mentioned that the provincial govt would encourage public-private partnership for the uplift of these sectors.