Punjabs to extend cooperation in various fields

LAHORE - The chief ministers of Pakistani and Indian Punjabs on Sunday agreed to promote cooperation for the common interest of peace, harmony, economic growth, and for leveraging each other's potential.
According to a joint statement issued from Amritsar at conclusion of Shahbaz Sharif’s three-day visit to Indian Punjab, both the chief ministers resolved to pursue their respective federal/ union governments to facilitate enhanced cooperation and formulate supportive policies in this regard.
Recognising the benefits of mutual cooperation both sides agreed to facilitate exchanges of academicians, experts and researches; promote community contacts and understandings through exchange of delegation consisting of professionals and practitioners from different sectors including agriculture, trade, industry and commerce; encourage exchange of students and interns from different educational institutions; promote people to people contact through encouragement, development and participation in sports, cultural and tourism activities; promote cooperation and sharing of learning in Livestock sector, including Dairy Development, Breed Improvement, Vaccinations, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Sciences and water management, encourage holding of joint workshops, training programs, and R&D Projects in Agriculture and Allied Sector, especially crop improvement; promote exchange of knowledge regarding manufacturing of agriculture machinery and implements; promote exchange of knowledge and experiences in health and education sectors; share each other's experience and good practices in land administration and public service delivery systems for improvement of governance and public facilitation; pursue policies for easy access for people of both sides to religious places of their respective faith; pursue policies to reduce trade barriers for promotion of business and encourage new routes of trade.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif undertook the visit on invitation of Indian Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal.

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