LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that there are deep rooted relations between Pakistan and Japan and the rapid progress made by Japan is a role model for the world community.

“Japan should consider promotion of cooperation with the Punjab government in skills development and other sectors,” the Chief Minister said while talking to Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Hiroshi Inomata who called on him on Friday. Matters of mutual interest, bilateral relations and cooperation in different sectors were discussed in the meeting. Provincial Minister for Irrigation Mian Yawar Zaman, Chairman Punjab Investment Board and Secretary Irrigation were also present on the occasion.

“More than 60 percent of Pakistan’s population is youth and the Punjab government is adopting revolutionary measures for tapping their talent. About 40,000 youth have so far been imparted skills under Skills Development Programme,” Shahbaz said.

Japanese Ambassador appreciated the measures taken for the progress of the province and development of education sector and said that services of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in this regard are commendable. He said that his country wants to promote cooperation with Punjab government in vocational education and other sectors. 

Separately presiding over a meeting on livestock and dairy development, Shahbaz said that a modern Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will be set up over 1000 acres of land in Bahawalpur.

He said that the project will be completed with the cooperation of Seluck University of Turkey in one year. He said that modern veterinary courses will be conducted for the youth at this university. He said that a livestock company will be set up in Punjab for livestock and dairy development.

The Chief Minister said that livestock and dairy sector is the backbone of national economy and it can be strengthened with the cooperation of private sector. He said that Punjab government has adopted an effective strategy for the uplift of livestock sector as it can help overcome poverty and unemployment.

He said that a large portion of rural population is associated with livestock and dairy development and rural economy can be uplifted through development of this sector. He said that 100 percent vaccination of livestock is essential for its protection against diseases.

The Chief Minister constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary for livestock and dairy development and directed the committee to submit a comprehensive action plan within a week for the development of livestock sector. He directed that services of international consultants be acquired for the implementation of vaccination project, establishment of the university in Bahawalpur and implementation of the programmes aimed at facilitating small livestock farmers. He said that modern technology should be utilized for the development of livestock and dairy farming.

Livestock experts who had visited Turkey informed the meeting about their experiences and knowledge gained during the visit and said that an agreement has been reached with Seluck University of Turkey for its assistance in the establishment of the modern veterinary university in Bahawalpur.