ISLAMABAD— Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said the ongoing development projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) should be completed on a fast-track basis and directed to give a final shape to the consultation process of the future projects on priority.
Lauding the time-tested friendship with China, he said China had always supported Pakistan during the difficult times and CPEC was a manifestation of the multi-dimensional partnership between the two countries.
He also observed that Chinese experiences in the social sector, especially for the eradication of poverty and promotion of agriculture, must be fully explored, Prime Minister Office Media Wing in a press release said.
The prime minister was chairing a high-level review meeting to ascertain progress on different CPEC projects. Minister for Economic Affairs Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Advisor Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, CPEC Authority Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Naya Pakistan Housing Programme Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Anwar Ali Haider and other senior officials attended the meeting.
The prime minister directed the CPEC Authority to accelerate implementation pace on the different projects under the second phase on priority.
Giving direction for early finalization and completion of the projects, he asked the relevant ministries to set completion period and emphasized making the inter-ministerial coordination more effective to achieve desired results within the appointed time frame.
The prime minister also directed to brief him in the upcoming review meeting on the projects falling under the CPEC second phase, including their completion period, implementation, removal of hurdles and the future mechanism.
The prime minister was briefed in detail over the progress on the short, medium and long terms CPEC projects.
The meeting was apprised about the first phase of CPEC projects in energy, road and rail networks, and the Gwadar Port, and the second phase projects, including industrialization cooperation, promotion of agriculture, social and economic progress, tourism and others.
It was informed that the majority of the projects in the energy and road networks had been completed whereas work on the Gwadar Port and airport was under progress phase-wise.
The Orange Line project was completed while the consultation process over the feasibility of the Quetta railway was underway.
The prime minister had already laid the foundation stone of the Allama Iqbal Special Economic Zone while Rashakai’s was expected in the next month.
The bidding process for the Dhabeji Economic Zone would be completed soon, it was further informed.
The meeting also took stock of different proposals regarding proposed projects under CPEC phase two, in the education and health sectors, housing scheme for the low-income groups, poverty reduction, Ehsaas poverty program and eradication of malnutrition and stunting issues.