LAHORE - High Commissioner of New Zealand in Pakistan Brian Sanders called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here on Thursday. Cooperation in various sectors and matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board and Secretaries of Livestock, Agriculture and Commerce were also present on the occasion. Talking to the High Commissioner of New Zealand, the chief minister said there were vast opportunities of bilateral cooperation in agriculture, livestock and other sectors and New Zealand and Punjab could not only launch joint ventures but private sector could also be encouraged for the uplift of these sectors. He said Punjab was an agrarian province and a vast majority of its population was associated with agriculture and livestock sectors. He said Pakistan was the fourth biggest producer of milk in the world and huge foreign exchange could be earned through export of dairy products by utilizing modern technology and expertise. Similarly, he said, Halal meat could be exported to Middle East, Iran, Turkey and other countries through cooperation in meat processing sector. The CM said development of livestock sector could help overcome poverty and unemployment, therefore, government was concentrating on the uplift of this sector. He said foundation stone of a state-of-the-art veterinary university had been laid in Bahawalpur and the project would be completed expeditiously. He said cooperation of University of Glasgow had been required for this purpose. He said Punjab and New Zealand could cooperate in the development of these sectors. Referring to the measures taken for speedy development of the province and uplift of education and health sectors, the chief minister said the education was an effective weapon against extremism, hence revolutionary measures were being taken by the government for the elimination of illiteracy and ignorance. He said besides promotion of vocational education, the project of setting up of Danish Schools had also been started from Southern Punjab which would bring about a revolution in education sector. He said Punjab and New Zealand should evolve an effective programme for cooperation in various sectors and a delegation from Punjab would be sent to New Zealand to explore prospects in this regard. Shahbaz said possibility of sending students from Punjab to New Zealand for education in veterinary and agri sciences would also be considered and Punjab government would bear expenses of these students who would be selected on merit. High Commissioner of New Zealand Brian Sanders said New Zealand was a major exporter of dairy products in the world and would also cooperate for the uplift of livestock and agriculture sectors in Punjab. Secretary Agriculture and Livestock pointed out various sectors for mutual cooperation between Punjab and New Zealand.