Governor Fars, General Hussain Sadiq
Abeden and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti announced
this during their addresses to the participants upon formal meeting between
representative delegation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and industrialists, traders
and investors under President Sheraz Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

SHERAZ: The governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Iranian Province, Fars have
agreed Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti’s suggestion for
constituting a joint working group for mutual cooperation between the two
provinces in hydro power, tourism, agriculture, trade and other sectors. Members
of the group will include representatives of government and chambers of commerce
and industry from both sides. The working group will prepare action plan for
joint cooperation in selected sectors. Governor Fars, General Hussain Sadiq
Abeden and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti announced
this during their addresses to the participants upon formal meeting between
representative delegation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and industrialists, traders and
investors under President Sheraz Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night. Deputy
Governor Fars Dr. Muhammad Zamanian, Iranian Consul General in Peshawar General
Hasan Darvesh Wand and provincial authorities were also present on the occasion.

The CM said that we are confronting challenge of insurgency for the last few
years for which government and people of the province have paid a huge price. He
said that terrorism and insurgency have badly affected business, trade and
economic activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; however, our courageous and brave
people were not hopeless and they have proved to move ahead in any sort of
circumstances and face any challenge. He said that this visit was mere beginning
that will prove a milestone in future.
The CM said that Allah has blessed with vast natural resources which can be
utilized for bringing pleasant change in lives of our people. He said that we
need support and cooperation of Fars and Asfahan in realizing this commitment.
He threw detailed light on capacity and opportunities available in the province
and said that vast opportunities existed in hydro power sector. He said that
prospects of realizing these projects are bright and the provincial government
was giving special attention to public and private investment in this
connection. He further added that resources of oil and gas were notably
increased in past few years and we were interested in benefiting from
experiences of Iran in this sector too. He said that in spite of challenge,
attractive and beautiful areas in the province can play vital role in promoting
tourism. He stressed joint efforts for promotion of tourism. The CM said that
his visit to Fars and Asfahan was aimed at benefiting from skills and
experiences of Iranian brothers and a representative delegation of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Chambers of Commerce will soon visit Fars and Asfahan that will
share mutual opportunities in different sectors in this connection. Later on
questions session took place and traders, industrialists and investors of Sheraz
asked queries about available opportunities in tourism, culture and industrial
sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. ACS Atta Ullah Khan, Secretary Industry Khalid
Pervez, and Secretary Tourism Syed Jamal-ud-Din furnished detailed answers to
their questions and invited Iranian investors to come forward and launch
practical efforts in best interests of the people of both the countries. Senior
Provincial Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Provincial Information Minister Mian
Iftekhar hussain, ACS Atta Ullah Khan, Secretary Industry Khalid Pervez,
Secretary Tourism Syed Jamal-ud-Din and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister,
Tariq Jamil and Iranian were also present on the occasion.