KPK governor, US envoy discuss USAID-funded projects

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US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson on Tuesday called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah at the Governor House. 

The US ambassador, who was accompanied by the Peshawar-based US Consul General Gabriel Escobar, remained with the governor for sometime and discussed matters of mutual interest. The pace of progress on US Aid funded development projects especially in education and communication sectors also came under discussion and the governor highlighted their importance in ensuring better opportunities for educating youth of both province and FATA particularly from their socio-economic point of view.

Talking on various points, the governor apprised the US ambassador about the political reforms introduced in FATA coupled with the ongoing process of strengthening of administrative system to protect basic rights of the respective people and ensure stability and security in the area.  All these measures, he added, have been accruing highly positive response and the government is heading forward in line with the aspirations of the people of FATA.

Referring to potential for economic development in FATA, the governor said that the mineral deposits offers tremendous opportunities for economic development and generate employment opportunities and concrete measures are under way for its development. 

This sector, he added, also offers vast opportunities of investments both in respect of industrialization and promotion trade and business activities.

In this connection, he mentioned the recently completed Mohmand Marbel City Project situated at a distance of half an hour journey from Peshawar and said it provides highly beneficial and secured environment for promoting industrial-based economic activities and foreign investment in all such projects will be welcomed. 

He further pointed out that the people at large especially the youth in FATA would be greatly benefited.

Source: The Nation