Sindh seeks UK’s support for making feasibility of Keti Bandar project

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah held a detailed discussion with United Kingdom’s (UK) MP Rehman Chisti, who is also British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy in Pakistan, to explore the avenue of enhancing trade and technical support between Sindh and the UK.

The chief minister asked envoy to support the provincial government in making feasibility of the Keti Bandar project. “The provincial government has formed a consortium which is preparing feasibility, but it needed further technical support,” he said and added that the Keti Bandar project would have a coal jetty, power park and industrial area.

The meeting was attended by British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi Elin Burns, P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem, and Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput.

The chief minister said that he had requested the high commissioner of UK in Pakistan to provide technical support for rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage, the lifeline of agro-economy of the province, and he had assured to find out the firm which had constructed the barrage.

On this MP Rehman Chisti said that the British government was working on the request of the Sindh government. The visiting British trade envoy said that the British government is going to enhance its bilateral trade with different countries.

“Our major import would be vegetable species and chillies,” he said.

Murad Ali Shah also said that the provincial government has taken some important measures for the growth of agriculture. He advised the visiting envoy to meet with industrialists in the city for exploring other trade opportunities.

The chief minister nominated P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem as the focal person of the provincial government to further coordinate with UK industrialists and traders.