National Transportation Policy, which includes a Railway Master Plan, and the National Highway Authority Plan are to be one of the key priorities of the government of Pakistan.
This was stated by the Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtia, while speaking with a delegation led by the Asian Development Bank’s Central West Asian Department Director-General Werner Liepach, who called on the Minister on Tuesday, September 3rd.
According to the Minister, this would not only make connectivity within the country easier and more cost-effective but will also offer more opportunities for business and trade and further act as the key enabler for sustainable development and growth.
The minister for Planning while welcoming the delegation lauded the role of ADB in modernizing infrastructure and supporting various development initiatives in Pakistan adding that the cooperation further needed to be expanded in the education, health, water, energy, and infrastructure especially in the underdeveloped areas of the country.
The minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar maintained that the PTI government under the leadership of the PM Imran Khan was committed to take necessary measures to eradicate poverty, provide more education and healthcare facilities, ensuring equal opportunities of development and providing easy access through modern transportation to the people of Pakistan with the special focus on underdeveloped areas across the country.
He stated that the government was working on the plans for low-cost housing for a common man which was one of the most important points in PTI’s election manifesto.
Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar also informed the delegation about the government’s vision of restructuring the public sector and improving the government for more efficient service delivery.
The delegation appreciated the government’s commitment to increasing the quality of life with a special focus on human development and assured support on the development projects in different sectors.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary Planning Mr. Zafar Hassan, Chief Economist Dr. Nadeem Javaid and Member Infrastructure Ahmed Khan.
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