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France Willing to invest in communication sectors in KPK

PESHAWAR: France on Wednesday agreed to invest in hydel and communication projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on long term basis and the provincial government will extends all out assistance in this regard.

This was agreed during a meeting of French ambassador to Pakistan Daniel Jouanneau who called on Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti.

The other members of French delegation Deputy Head of Mission Gilles Boubao, Director AFD Nicolas Fornage, Cultural Counsellor Alain Freynet and Staff member Adrien Arbouche and DG PDMA Shakil Qadir were also present on the occasion.

It was agreed during the meeting that France will invests in hydel and communication projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on long term basis and the provincial government will extends all out assistance in the regard.

Matters pertaining to collective security situations and terrorism look after and returning of IDPs, rehabilitation of flood affected, reconstruction activities, bilateral relations, developmental planning, valuable natural potential of the province and French assistance for flood affected also came under discussion during the meeting.

The French ambassador lauded commitment of people and government of the province for successfully facing other challenges like terrorism and floods and condemned suicide attack in a peace jirga at Mohamand Agency while expressed heartfelt sympathies over the loss of life.

The chief minister thanked France assistance for flood affectees of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The chief minister said evil designs of the terrorists unveiled to the people due to successful strategy and policy of the government for the last two years adding which resulting gradually building up national thinking and the terrorists in dismay are now targeting people particularly those who are fully active against them.

He cited terrorism act in Dara Adam Khel mosque in this connection in which qaumi lashkar and elders were targeted.

The chief minister said, the donors were requested for self monitoring of planning to implementation of project for assistance of flood affectees in a meeting of PDF in order to ensure distribution of assistance transparent from all respects.

Taxation system also remained under discussion on the occasion.

The chief minister said the government had decided to utilize hydel resources as there are enormous opportunities in this sector adding future of the province is linked with hydel, oil and gas production.

Moreover, he said a development opportunity in minerals and tourism sectors also existed.

The chief minister also welcomed France wish for investment in communication sector and said Southern By-pass in Peshawar will soon be accomplished with American assistance adding practical work on it will commenced shortly.

French delegation was also appraised of importance of Northern By-pass.

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