According to a press release issued by the PM Imran’s office, remarks “first phase of CPEC comprised merely of a few power plants, roads but in 2nd phase agriculture and education on peroritey”
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan during a high-level meeting on his upcoming visit of China, said that his government’s focus during the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be on agriculture, education and various other sectors. The prime minister, who is scheduled to embark on his second visit of Beijing later this month, reviewed preparations regarding mutually beneficial projects that Pakistan and China are expected to initiate as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The premier, according to a press release issued by the PM’s office, remarked that the “first phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) comprised merely of a few power plants and three roads.” “Meanwhile, in the second phase, under the incumbent government, agriculture, education, health, water, skill-based education, skill development, transport projects and upgrading of Main Line-1 will be done,” he added. The prime minister said that “China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not only one of the foremost priorities of the government but that he also wants other countries to join the project so that a new chapter of growth and prosperity is ushered in the region.”
The meeting was also attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mahboob Sultan, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan and other government officials.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government accorded top priority to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it would not only help in translating the all-weather Pakistan-China relations into mutually beneficial economic equation but also open new vistas of opportunities for the entire region. The prime minister was meeting with representatives of 15 leading Chinese companies working on various China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects in Pakistan. The Chinese delegation included representatives from Power China, Three Gorges Corporation, CMEC Neelum-Jhelum Power Plant project, Cr-Norinco Orange Line project, Huawei, Zong, Port Qasim Power Plant, China Gezhouba Corporation, China State Construction, China Harbour, Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project, Haier and other companies. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing accompanied the delegation.
Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Board of Investment Chairman Haroon Sharif, Energy Task Force Chairman Nadeem Babar and other senior officials were also present. Speaking on the occasion, the premier said that the government would extend all possible facilitation to the Chinese companies in undertaking profitable business ventures and taking advantage of business-friendly policies of the current government.
Ambassador Jing while conveying greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said that the leadership of his country was looking forward to the visit of PM Khan to China. The ambassador thanked the premier on behalf of his leadership and business community for taking personal interest in facilitating the Chinese businessmen and addressing their issues. The ambassador assured the prime minister that Chinese companies would continue to partner with the government in socio-economic development of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China, under the current situation, should strengthen strategic communication to maintain regional stability and prosperity,” Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee said. In his meeting with Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua held here, Yang said that the two sides should implement the important consensus of the two countries’ leaders, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, expand pragmatic cooperation in various fields and jointly build the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to Chinese media.
Tahmina Janjua said Pakistan appreciates China’s constructive role in promoting regional peace and development. The Pakistani side is willing to work with China to accelerate the construction of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and promote the continuous development of bilateral relations, she added.
The foreign secretary led a delegation at the first meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) International Cooperation Coordination Working Group held in the Chinese capital.— APP