Beijing, March 25, 2015 (PPI-OT): China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) 4th Joint Coordination Committee’s meeting concluded here today. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal who co-led the Pakistan delegation with Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif following the meeting informed that the meeting reviewed the reports presented by joint working groups on energy, infrastructure, Gwadar port and long-term planning of CPEC and those projects were selected that would be launched for implementation during the proposed high-level visit from China to Pakistan.
The Federal Minister said that the good news for Pakistan from this meeting was that there were many energy projects amongst the projects that were selected including coal based, hydel, solar and wind energy projects. He said the projects were in all four provinces including AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan benefiting the whole country upon fruition. He said there were also infrastructure projects linking Gwadar port to Khujrab amongst these selected projects.
Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said that during the meeting it was reiterated that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was not the name of just one route, and the ‘western alignment,’ which some circles speculated had been changed, was very much part of it. He said the other alignments, the Indus Highway, Karachi-Lahore motorway were also part of it, so concerns implying change in the alignments were wrong and unfounded.
Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan and China enjoyed unmatchable friendship. He said the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor would open up the door for strategic economic cooperation and it would undoubtedly be counted among those projects of the 21st century’s that invented a new geo-economics in the region. It would impart a deep imprint on Pakistan. It would generate employment, flourish business, Chinese business from west China will also benefit, he said adding that CPEC would be advantageous not only to Pakistan but to all the people in this region including those from South Asia, Central Asia, China and Middle East.
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