Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Pakistan and Sweden should focus on working with each other in the field of Railways. The Minister stated this while talking with the Swedish Ambassador H.E. Ms. Ingrid Johansson, who visited that Ministry of Railways yesterday. Both sides agreed on mutual cooperation during the meeting.
The areas of cooperation between Sweden and Pakistan are described as involvement and cooperation in existing railway systems, which includes Locomotive Factory in Risalpur and Carriage factory in Islamabad. Also, other areas of interested includes mutual training programs in Lahore Railway Training Centre and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan Institute, Sweden.
Moreover, it seems that Pakistan Railways is making continuous efforts to improve services to the passengers. Also, we recently reported that Pakistan Railways experienced a significant surge in its revenue during the last fiscal year to over PKR 36 billion as against over PKR 18 billion in year 2012-13.
It is pertinent to note that rail transport in Sweden uses a network of almost 13,000 km of track, the 21st largest in the world. Sweden has rail links with adjacent European countries as well. Many analysts believe that its involvement in Pakistan Railways should be of great assistance to the local rail transport system.