KP cannot make progress in true sense, Pervez KhattakAugust 19, 2013
Peshawar: Pervez Khattak has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cannot make progress in true sense until and unless there is peace and stability in Afghanistan because situation of Afghanistan has a direct bearing on the province adding that Afghan war has badly affected the commercial and business activities between Kabul and Peshawar lasted for a long time.
He expressed these views while talking to an American delegation who called on him at his office on Monday. The delegation was led by U.S. Counsel General in Peshawar Mr. Robert G.Read. Other members of the delegation included Mr. Evan T.Folsing, Richard Albright and Gregy Huger.
Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Mr.Khalid Pervez, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sahibzada Saeed and other high ups of the provincial government were also present on the occasion.
During the call on meeting overall situation of the region and issue related to the economic development of the province came under discussion.
Pervez Khattak said that the Afghan war continued for more than three decades, distance of province from sea and lack of technical man power has inflicted irreparable loss to the economy of the province and the economic and commercial activities had come to a standstill. He said that his government has sought the permission of the federal government to have economic and commercial centres in Afghanistan.
The Chief Minister told the delegates that the provincial government was working on putting in place a system of governance based on transparency, justice, and accountability and powers were being devolved at grass root level, adding that due to the reforms steps of the provincial government, the province will be a model province is the country and the trust of investors and donor agencies would be restored by ensuring transparency.
The Chief Minister reiterated his resolve to provide all out facilities and protection to investors in the province. He further said that the provincial government would not only encourage but would also provide all out facilities and security to those foreign investors and private organizations interested to invest in social sector and public welfare schemes in the province.
Authorities of the provincial government briefed the delegates of the ongoing developmental initiatives being carried out with American donation.