LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday underscored the need to update mining process according to the latest trends and directed for inducting highly professional people in the Mining Department for undertaking work expeditiously.
“Keeping abreast of the latest trends, the opinions and experience of international experts is taken into account,” he opined.
He was chairing a meeting to review implementation of the initiatives for restructuring as well as launching the Mineral Department on concrete basis here.
Foreign delegation headed by Mr. Christian Mion of EY Consortium that included Mining sector experts from France, Canada, Middle-East and South Africa also attended the meeting.
The meeting took under consideration different ideas and suggestions related to the reinstatement of the Mining Department at new axis.
The chief minister said the province was rich in mineral wealth and its development will not only help to strengthen national economy but also achieved the goal of self-sufficiency and an exalted status in the comity of nations.
“Regrettably, this important front hasn’t received its due attention from 64 years which is the major reason of out today’s miseries,” he added.
Moreover, he said, time had come to develop mineral resources as well as utilise modern technology for this purpose and besides speedy implementation of mining projects; Mines and Mineral development should also be restructured for its capacity building.
He directed the authorities concerned to make the best out of these international suggestions and present a detailed report in the light of those instructions within four weeks.
He said there were a lot of opportunities for foreign investors in the mining sector as Punjab transparency is order of the day in province.
Shehbaz Sharif said:” With the help of the latest technology and assurance of placidity we can get best out of it and our government is already on it.”
The foreign experts while briefed about restructuring of the mining sector and Christian Mion said they would try to match up CM’s vision and develop a detailed strategy to modernize the sector.
Provincial Minster Mining Chaudhary Sher Ali, the chief sectary, the sectaries Mining, Industry, Law, Finance, P&D and other concerned authorities were also present.—APP