Lahore - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said country is facing serious energy crisis and government is making efforts on fast-track to overcome this problem.

While talking to a high-level delegation of prominent French company Total and Sun Power Corporation which met him here on Thursday, Chief Minister said that the Punjab government has provided highly conducive environment for investment in the energy sector.

The French Power Corporation expressed interest in setting up a 100MW solar project in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park.

The Chief Minister explained to the delegation how the energy shortage was hitting at the economic development of the country in addition to affecting education, health, agriculture and other sectors. He said that solution to energy problem at the earliest is essential for rapid development of the country and promotion of economic and trade activities, therefore, government is making serious efforts in this regard. He said that Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park spread over a vast area of 1000 acres in Bahawalpur district, is in the final stages of completion. He welcomed the interest shown by the French company in setting up a 100 mw solar power project. Shahbaz Sharif said that speed and transparency in the implementation of development projects is the hallmark of Punjab government. He assured that all out facilities will be provided to the French companies. Chief Executive Office of Total, Marc Soissong said that his company is deeply interested in establishing a 100 megawatts project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and it will be completed on fast track basis in accordance with the vision of Chief Minister.