April 30, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired a high level meeting to review progress on CPEC, the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar, Minister for Finance Shaukat Fayyaz Tareen, Minister for Industries Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Adviser to Prime Minister Abdul Razzaq Dawood, National Security Advisor Dr. Moeed Yousuf, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Board of Investment Atif Bukhari, Chairman CPEC Authority Lt General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa and other high ranking officials attended the meeting.
Prime Minister was briefed about the progress of ongoing projects, in various sectos, under the umbrella of CPEC. The meeting was informed that the current government not only completed the on going projects started by the previous government, but was able to complete large number of significant projects in just two and a half years. Regarding the infrastructure development projects, the meeting was informed that regardless of who started any project most of the projects have been completed by the current Govt. Special Economic Zones including Rashakai, Dhabeji, Allama Iqbal Industrial City and Gawadar Industrial Zones are attracting Foreign and local Investors. It was also told that Chinese are expanding cooperation in Agriculture Sector and livestock.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his satisfaction on the pace of ongoing projects and reiterated the resolve to complete CPEC at all cost. PM said that CPEC was a testimony of time tested and deep-rooted Pak-China friendship and will continue to take pre- eminence in our Development strategy. He particularly emphasised that focus of industrialisation should be export oriented and import substitution and our policies should be framed accordingly. PM also directed to prepare our youth to take up new jobs being created by incoming Industry and high quality agri farms.