Minister visits CPEC centre of excellence

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal visited China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Centre of Excellence here on Friday.
Inspecting the construction work of the centre, he suggested ways to further improve the project, a press release said.
Ahsan Iqbal also talked to researchers present on the occasion and asked them to research for improving the balance of trade of the country.
He said due to the mega project of CPEC, the geo-economical situation of the country was being changed. “We will have to make extra endeavours to get extraordinary results”, he added.
He said the negative impacts of the opponents’ campaign against CPEC could be repelled by initiating sustainable defence campaigns against them.
The minister said the private sector must take part in the country’s development process. He said after the completion of CPEC projects, it would be a proven game-changer, not only for Pakistan but for the whole region and it would become a source of mutual coordination of the countries in
the region.
Pakistan would also emerge as the new regional centre of trade, he added.
Ahsan Iqbal said that some elements were engaged in spreading negative propaganda against the Pakistan-China Industrial Cooperation. “But we will not let them succeed in their nefarious designs”, he said. He said Chinese leadership wanted to boost the industrialisation in Pakistan. Due to costly labour in China, the industries were being shifted to Pakistan now.
He said in these industries, Pakistani labour would work because it seems illogical to bring the costly Chinese labour to these industries in Pakistan.

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