Lahore  - A World Bank delegation led by Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Sri Mulyani Indrawati called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

During the meeting, cooperation in education, health, energy, development of skilled manpower and disaster management came under discussion. Vice President of World Bank for South Asian Region Annette Dixon was also present. According to a handout, Ms Mulyani praised the CM for adopting measures for public welfare. The chief minister told the visiting delegates that his government devised a strategy to develop skilled manpower in accordance with the market needs.

Referring to educational reforms, the CM said the target of 100 percent enrollment of children in schools till 2018 was set and steps are being taken for the promotion of quality education.

He said that reforms are being introduced in higher education while due attention is being paid to the capacity-building of tax collection institutions in the province for generating maximum resources for utilization on the masses.

Informing them about mineral resources of Rajwa-Chiniot, Shahbaz said that iron ore and copper reserves were discovered in this area and business model in this regard will be prepared by December.

He said that World Bank can provide assistance in survey for assessment of mineral reserves in Punjab.

The CM further said the Punjab government is setting up energy projects in Punjab with its own resources and a 100 megawatt energy project in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur has been completed in a record period and electricity production has been started. He said 900 megawatt solar projects with the cooperation of China will be completed in 2016.

Similarly, he said, work is being carried out speedily on 3600 megawatt gas-based energy projects costing four billion dollars in Punjab and these projects will start production till 2017.

He further said that a coal power project of 1320 megawatt is being established in Sahiwal with Chinese investment and it will also be completed till 2017. The Chief Minister said that World Bank can provide assistance with regard to construction of small dams in the province.