Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is lagging far behind in the field of industrial development due to its peculiar geographic conditions, non availability of technical manpower, easy market accessibility, raw materials, and the deteriorating law and order situation of the region and regularly unemployment in the province has increased manifold.
However, he said the present provincial government is determined and committed to revive the industrial sector of the province by bringing in foreign investment and setting up industrial zones in the province; adding that foreign investors will be provided all types of security and facility.
He expressed these views while chairing a meeting held at his office on Saturday to deliberate and discuss means to revive the economy and introduce e-governance system in the province. Senior leader PTI, Jahangir Tareen, Senior Provincial Minister Sirajul Haq, Provincial Minister for Information Technology, Shahram Tarakai, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mohammad Shahzad Arbab, Administrative heads of provincial Finance, Planning and Development, Science & Information Technology department and experts from private sector attended the meeting.
The meeting has given detailed presentations on tax reforms, a new system of local government, capacity enhancement of government departments, efficient use of resources, elevating poverty and unemployment, better public service delivery and innovation in agriculture sector etc. the meeting was also given a briefing by experts on e-governance system in the province to ensure good governance, efficiency, transparency and better service delivery in the government departments.
The meeting decided to constitute a working group headed by provincial minister for Science & Information Technology to settle the modalities of e-governance and submit a report within ten days for approval the working group has representation from both public and private sectors.
Addressing the meeting the chief minister said that we need to work on war footings to change the existing system and to realize it according to the expectations and wishes of the people adding that the present provincial government will bring about visible change in the system as per promise it has made to the people.
He said that all the hindrances in the way of foreign investment will be removed to attract maximum foreign investment. He directed the authorities to work on emergency footings to implement the reform agenda of the government.