German Ambassador meets CMOctober 17, 2014
Peshawar: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that energy is our basic need while the present PTI-led coalition government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has chalked out a comprehensive plan to utilize the hydel, gas and oil resources of the province for power generation in order to overcome the prevalent energy crisis.
He also invited foreign investment in KP in energy sector and urged the technical assistance of developed countries to implement the power policy. He recalled that this province is replete with natural energy reservoirs that only need exploration. He assured that the provincial government would not only encourage the foreign investors desiring to invest in power and mineral exploration sectors in the province but would extend to them all facilities and security they required.
He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany Dr Cyrill Nunn who called on him at CM Secretariat Peshawar and discussed various matters of mutual interest. German consular in Peshawar, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Chief Minister Complaint Cell (C&RC) Chairman Dilroze Khan and principal secretary to CM Ishfaq Khan were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the security situation in the province was not that bad as it was being projected abroad adding that if the foreigners could carry out their activities in other parts of the country then they could also do investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because security situation in all the country is very much the same.
The German Ambassador while lauding the reforms agenda of the provincial government and its measures against corruption said that progress and implementation status of the development partnership indicators given by the provincial government for foreign investment is satisfactory and that is why the German government and investors are taking keen interest in making investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He further said that there were immense potentials for investment in hydel power sector in the province and the German investors intend to invest in the same.
He was of the review that the people of the province were very hardworking and hospitable and the young lot wanted not only to be on jobs but to play their pivotal role in the development and prosperity of the province; and as such the people of the province will personally provide security to the foreign investors.
Pervez Khattak said that besides other basic reforms in police, it has been totally depoliticized in order to improve its performance, an anti-terrorist force has been setup and for the first time in the history of the province effective systems of intelligence and investigation had been put in place. “In addition, the provincial government is extending all out support to the federal government for restoration of peace in the country”, Mr. Khattak continued.
He maintained that the economy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had constantly been affected by the influx of Afghan refugees and then the IDPs of the adjacent tribal areas as it had to cater for the health, food, education, housing and other needs of millions of additional population. “In this perspective the world community is supposed to help out the provincial government in reviving and stabilizing its economy in the form of trade and investment because PTI-led coalition government believed in trade and not in aid”, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the main reason of deteriorating law and order situation in the province was the long lasted unrest in the neighboring Afghanistan and adjacent tribal areas as the province shared over one thousand kilometers porous border with Afghanistan and on the other hand the police of the province had no access in FATA as it was directly been administered by the federal government; and added that as such there lied a great responsibility on the federal govt to make serious efforts for bringing peace in the tribal belts and the provincial govt was ready for all out support to the federal govt in this regard.
He also apprised the German Ambassador of the record legislation and reforms brought about in education, health, local government and other sectors by his govt and measures taken by it for purging the govt machinery of all sorts of corrupt practices. He specially referred focus of provincial govt on technical education to produce a force of skilled youth so that our people are not employed just labourers and chowkidars abroad but their demand go on rise as skilled work force, he concluded.