LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has stressed the need for capacity-building of the concerned departments for achieving the targets of economic development and said that Punjab government has taken solid measures for this purpose. He said that information technology has been promoted for capacity-building of institutions and special attention has been paid to developing a skilled workforce in accordance with market needs for economic development. He said that the scope of skills development programme started in four districts of south Punjab has been expanded to 18 districts of the province.

He was presiding over a high level meeting, here on Friday. The meeting considered the proposal for setting up Punjab Business Council for achieving the targets of economic development while accelerating the pace economic and industrial development in the province was also discussed. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that skilled workforce plays an important role in economic development, therefore, Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme in this regard and skills development fund has been set up under which training in various skills has been imparted to thousands of youth. He said that there is a large demand for Halal products and Pakistan can earn huge foreign exchange through their exports. He said that a modern slaughter house has been set up in Lahore at a cost of Rs 2 billion while similar slaughter houses will be established in other cities as well. He directed that recommendations for achieving development targets in different sectors be formulated as early as possible.  Provincial Minister for Industry Ch. Muhammad Shafique, Member Punjab Assembly Dr. Ayesha Ghous Pasha, Advisor Dr. Ijaz Nabi, Chairman Planning & Development, Managing Director Punjab Metro Bus Authority, Secretary Industry and concerned officials attended the meeting.