OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the government has created a favourable atmosphere for investment, and maximum facilities are being provided to investors in this regard. An autonomous investment board has been set up for facilitating and provision of all facilities to investors under one roof, he said, while directing the Punjab Investment Board to offer maximum incentives to foreign investors for cooperation in various sectors, and provide local investors complete information about investment opportunities besides encouraging them. He was presiding over a meeting here on Friday for reviewing the measures taken by the Punjab Investment Board for promotion of investment in the province. Minister Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Chairman CMs Special Initiatives Entity Haroon Khawaja, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Finance and officer concerned were present. The CM said promotion of investment was of vital importance for the speedy development, and elimination of poverty and unemployment. There are vast opportunities of investment in agriculture, livestock, dairy farming and energy sectors in Punjab. The PIB should extend maximum encouragement to foreign investors in these sectors and investment process should be further simplified, he said, while appreciating the measures taken by the Board for investment. Due to the efforts of the Board, local and foreign companies have invested in various sectors while negotiations are underway for further investment, he said. He directed that public-private partnership should also be promoted, and had indigenous resources been developed during last 63 years, the country would not have been dependent on others. Pakistan can still be put on the road to progress and development if sincere and determined efforts are made for this purpose while the goal of self-reliance can also be achieved through development of national resources, he added. Earlier, Vice Chairman PIB Rizwan Ullah Khan gave a detailed briefing regarding the measures taken for promotion of investment, performance of the board and its future strategy.