Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects were vital for the development of Pakistan and huge opportunities in terms of employment, communication, and economic prosperity.
He also stressed upon fast-pace implementation of these projects that were in the interest of the country.
The briefing was attended by Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, Special Assistant to PM for Petroleum Nadeem Babar, CPEC Authority Chairman Lt. Gen. (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, secretaries of Power, Petroleum & Planning divisions, chairperson FBR, chief secretary Azad Jammu & Kashmir and senior officials. Punjab chief secretary was also available through video link.
The prime minister emphasized that timely decisions were required so that cost-escalation on these projects are avoided.
He also highlighted that Pakistan enjoyed extreme good-will with China that had been proven time and again during emergent situations.
Lt. Gen. (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa briefed the meeting in detail about progress on CPEC projects.
He apprised that there were a total of 22 projects in the CPEC’s energy portfolio, among which nine had already been commissioned.
A detailed briefing was provided on energy sector projects including Kohala hydropower project, Azad Patan hydropower project, Gwadar power project, power projects in Thar, and Karot hydropower project.