LAHORE - Punjab and Argentina have decided to form a joint committee for promoting public-private partnership in different sectors and exchange of delegations. The joint committee will explore prospects of cooperation between Punjab and Argentina in different sectors. It was decided in a meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Ambassador of Argentina in Pakistan Rodoflo J Martin-Saravia, here Friday. Matters of mutual interest and cooperation in different sectors were also discussed on the occasion. Additional Chief Secretary Javed Aslam was also present. The chief minister said Punjab was rich in natural resources and there was a wide scope of investment in different sectors of the province. He said 70 per cent population of Pakistan was associated with agriculture and Pakistan was the fourth biggest producer of milk in the world. He said Argentine had made remarkable progress in livestock, agriculture and other sectors and Punjab could benefit from its experiences and expertise. He said joint ventures could be launched in livestock sector wherein Argentina and Punjab could initiate a meat-processing project for export of meat to Middle East and other countries. The chief minister said his government would encourage public-private partnership for this purpose. He also issued instructions to the department concerned for setting up a committee, at the head of Secretary Livestock, to will meet Argentine Ambassador to explore prospects of mutual cooperation in livestock sector. He further said Pakistan was facing the challenge of terrorism and militancy, however, the whole nation was united in this war. He expressed his determination to root out terrorism and that his government would make every effort to ensure a bright future of the nation. He said industrial and trade as well as textile sectors in Pakistan were facing serious problems due to energy crisis whereof exports were being also affected. He said Punjab government was working on various projects of power generation in addition to the steps taken by the federal government in this regard. Ambassador of Argentina Rodoflo J Martin-Saravia said Lahore had a rich culture and he was deeply impressed with the hospitality of Pakistanis. He said there was a vast opportunities of investment in Punjab and Argentina was interested in cooperation in livestock and dairy development sectors. He said there were bright prospects of export of meat from Punjab to Middle East and other countries. He said Argentina would extend all out cooperation for the development of different sectors in Punjab.