Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the provincial government was offering attractive opportunities for foreign investment and Malaysian investors should also come forward to exploit the investment potentials especially available in energy, minerals and tourism sectors of the province.
He made this offer to the High Commissioner of Malaysia, Dato’ Dr. Hasrul Sani Mujtabar, who called on him at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here Wednesday.
The high Commissioner was also accompanying by his wife while the Additional Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Hamad Awais Agha and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dr. Shahzad Khan Bangash were also present.
Apprising the High Commissioner of Malaysia of the reforms introduced by the present PTI-led government, Mr. Khattak said that his government was pursuing the agenda of change following the aspirations of youth of the province who voted the PTI to power.
He said that most public service as well as economic sectors had been reformed and new legislation was enacted and policies framed to reduce the public sector influence on the service delivery system and involve private sector to operate the mechanism with a dominant role.
He told that such drastic reforms influenced certain independent performance monitoring organizations to place the present KP government at the highest level of governance among all provinces of Pakistan.
The Chief Minister further informed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government was also concerned about alarming climate change occurring across the globe, and in order to address this issue our government had taken a gigantic initiative for planting 1.2 billion trees to grow new forests throughout the province besides introducing a policy to curb the menace of illicit tree cutting. He said that necessary infrastructure was also being established to boost tourism in the province.
Expressing his views on this occasion, the Malaysian High Commissioner, Dato’ Dr. Hasrul Sani Mujtabar observed that new era of progress and opportunities of socio-economic development was evolving in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of Pakistan and hoped that improvement in KP’s governance system would also be followed by the other provinces. He told that the Pakistani manpower studying and working in Malaysia was contributing greatly in economic uplift of Malaysia.
He said Malaysia has also many other attractions for Pakistani tourists, immigrants, students, investors and traders etc. and governments and people of both countries enjoy cordial friendly relations.