EU Ambassador discusses promotion of cooperation with CM Elahi
The EU ambassador expressed regret over the loss of life as well as properties in floods.
LAHORE (Dunya News) - Ambassador of the European Union (EU) Dr Riina Kionka called on Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at his office on Tuesday and discussed the promotion of cooperation in various fields, especially the construction of new water reservoirs and small dams.
They also discussed measures taken for workers and minorities welfare, elimination of child labor and human rights situation.
The CM thanked the EU for its support during the corona pandemic and termed it a major trade partner of Pakistan. He said that the Punjab government had planned to build two dams on the river Chenab. Similarly, small dams would be built for the hill torrents of Koh-e-Sulaiman to save the rainwater for agricultural purposes. The EU s technical support for these projects would be appreciated, he maintained.
He said that the Punjab government had also planned to build houses for the flood victims through Akhuwat Foundation and the EU can also support this project.
The CM said that the Punjab government had taken effective steps to protect human rights. All minorities have equal rights in Pakistan and special funds have been allocated for their welfare. A quota had been fixed for minorities educational admissions and jobs.
The CM said that Pakistan and the EU countries have very friendly-relations and the government values the EU s cooperation regarding the improvement of social sectors.
The EU ambassador expressed regret over the loss of life as well as properties in floods and said that assistance in the dams projects would be reviewed. Cooperation with the Punjab government in the fields of textiles, manufacturing, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) would be increased.
The first consular of the EU Daniel Clauss, Advisor Hasnain Iftikhar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Muhammad Khan Bhatti, finance secretary and other officials were also present.