Apparel Park to create thousands of jobs, says CM

* Punjab government to set up 1,000MW power project in solar park

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting on Sunday, which decided to set up an autonomous company for the speedy implementation of Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park project. The industries secretary gave a detailed briefing to the meeting regarding the pace of progress on the project.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park project is of vital importance for the promotion of textile sector. He directed that work on the project be carried out speedily, and warned that no laxity will be tolerated. He said that the establishment of the Apparel Park over 1,500 acres of land near the motorway will accelerate economic activities in the province. He said that with the establishment of the apparel park hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created, while annual revenue of billions of rupees will be generated. 
Shahbaz said that besides extending technical cooperation the Chinese group involved in the project will also transfer technology, which will strengthen the textile sector. He said that the Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park will be greatly helpful in benefiting from the GSP Plus status. He said that prominent Chinese company Shendong Ruyi Group is making investment in the Apparel Park, and it will also extend technical assistance in the execution of the project. 
While giving a briefing to the meeting the industries secretary said that the process of acquiring land for the Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park has been completed. Punjab Minister for Industry Ch Muhammad Shafiq, MPA Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, chief secretary, additional chief secretary, Lahore commissioner and authorities concerned were present in the meeting.
The chief minister also reviewed the pace of implementation of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project. The meeting decided that the Punjab government will set up a 1,000MW solar project in the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park with its own resources, and funds will be allocated for this purpose in the next budget. Chief Minister Shahbaz said that resolving the energy crisis is of utmost importance for the promotion of industrial activities. He said that the government is determined to address shortage of electricity, and all-out measures are being taken for this purpose. 
Shahbaz said that energy projects are being executed without wasting any time. He said that a 100MW solar power project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park will be completed in December 2014. The chief minister directed that a survey of the potential sites for the establishment of solar power projects in Punjab be carried out. Additional chief secretary of energy gave a detailed briefing to the meeting regarding the progress on the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project. 
On a separate issue, Chief Minister Shahbaz expressed satisfaction over wheat procurement campaign in Punjab and congratulated Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin, Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema, Secretary Food Aslam Kamboh, Director Food Capt (r) Muhammad Usman and the entire team. The chief minister appreciated the performance and efficiency of political and administrative team towards success of wheat procurement campaign.

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