KARACHI – German Consul General Mr Holger Ziegeler on Thursday asked Karachi Administrator Laeeq Ahmed and discussed issues of mutual interest.
The administrator briefs Mr Holger Ziegeler on various Karachi Metropolitan Corporation projects. Ahmed said that Germany was making major developments in every sector and the model which was touted for raising morale in German cities was praised around the world. He said the KMC’s basic task was to provide civilian facilities to the community. He added that Karachi’s population is increasing rapidly and the problem is resolved through a comprehensive plan and strategy to make Karachi’s standard of living on par with people in other metropolitan cities.
Ahmed said that work is being carried out across Karachi to improve the city’s infrastructure. He said that public private partnerships could be affected in carrying out development work. The administrator said that there was a need to expand German and Pakistani relations in various sectors. “The standard of German products is very high so their demand in Pakistan is also high,” he added.
Ahmed said that Germany’s expertise and experience could be utilized for urban advancement, especially in infrastructure development, transportation, communications, solid waste and city services. He said that Karachi was an important city because of its geographical situation and had unique importance in the region. “This is the economic center of Pakistan and is important for neighboring countries,” said the Administrator.
He further said that COVID-19 had caused great damage in other countries, but fortunately Pakistan was not badly affected due to the high ratio of youth in the country’s population.
On the occasion, Mr. Holger Ziegeler said that Karachi is a commercial center and has offices of multinational companies. He said that industry and trade are the main development sectors of any country. The German Consul General appreciated the KMC for taking steps to improve the city’s infrastructure and hoped the same would bear fruit. Mr Holger Ziegeler also hopes that Pakistan and Germany will be closer and the latter will invest in Pakistan especially Karachi as it will benefit both countries. The administrator also gave Mr. Holger Ziegeler.
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