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Murad Ali Shah offers French businessmen to invest in Grid, Transmission Line and restoration of Manchhar Lake

April 11, 2019

Karachi, April 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has offered French investors to invest in construction of grid stations and transmission lines for Thar coal energy which is going to move the national industrial spin. This he said while meeting a high power 12-member French Business delegation led by French Ambassador Mr Marc BARETY here at the CM House.

The other delegates were Mr Thierry PFLIMLIN, the chairman of France-Pakistan Business Council, Economic Counsellor Mr Philippe Fouet, Consul General of France in Karachi Mr Didier Talpain and various others. The chief minister was assisted by provincial ministers, Ismail Rahu, Imtiaz Shaikh, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Chairman P and D Mohammad Waseem and provincial secretaries of different departments.

The French delegation had the investors and businessmen of different sectors such as energy, agriculture, water -cleaning work, livestock, fisheries and infrastructure. The chief minister said that the provincial government has started producing electricity from indigenous source of coal [Thar].

At the initial stage the production has been started with 660 MW but it would be expanded to 10,000 MW. “We are the technology to produce coal energy and mining but now the actual problem occurs is evacuation [of generated electricity] in the grid,” he said and added the Sindh government has already established its Grid Company and Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company.

Mr Shah said that the provincial government has limited resources, therefore it would encourage investment, director or on PPP mode, in the establishment of Grids stations and Transmission Line for evacuation of Coal and renewable energy. The French investors showed their keen interest in their investment in Grid and Transmission Lines. Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh also briefed them about the facilities the provincial Energy department and investment department offered.

The chief minister and the investors agreed to have another meeting with Investment department and then with PPP Unit and decided to move forward. Since in the French delegation there were investors and experts in water cleaning, therefore the chief gave them two offers of investment, the first one in cleaning the Manchhar Lake and other one of desalination of sea water for Karachi.

Mr Murad Shah said that Manchhar Lake located in Sehwan was one of the biggest lakes of Asia but its water has been polluted but rather to say poisoned by releasing saline water into it. “I have a dream to restore the lake and rehabilitate the fishermen settled on it,” he said. He offered the French investor to work on its own investment or on PPP mode with Sindh government, in both cases, the provincial government would provide them maxim facilities and support to cleanse the polluted Lake of Manchhar.

He also offered them to invest in desalination of sea water in Karachi. “The city needs drinking water for which rivers supplies were falling short to cater to the needs of this megalopolis city of Karachi,” he said. The investor decided to hold more meetings in P and D, Investment department, PPP unit and then visit the site of the sea and Manchhar Lake for working together with the government.

The agricultural investors of the France told the chief minister that they were ready to work with Sindh government on Canal Lining, meat and dairy corporate farming, shrimp farming and line the livestock. The meeting decided to hold separate meeting with P and D, Agriculture and investment departments for further action.

Meets with UKAID

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah met with UKAID delegation led by British High Commissioner Mr Thomas Drew CMG and Ms Joanna Reid, Head of Department for International Development (DFID) Pakistan (UKAID) and urged them to invest directly in nutrition, women empowerment, Child-Mother Health and Education. It may be noted that DFID through Asian Bank and other donor agencies invest in Sindh in different sectors.

They have also supported rehabilitation of flood affected people of Sindh. Mr Shah said that DFID should invest directly and support Sindh in development of social sector. “We would appreciate if support for investment in infrastructure and renewable energy is made directly,” he said. The visiting delegation congratulated the chief minister on launching Thar Coal Power Plant and assured him that they would support Sindh in development of social sector in Thar and other back districts of the province.

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Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019(Ext: 336)

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