CPEC projects to provide jobs, ensure economic uplift: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects are vital for the development of Pakistan as these projects would provide huge opportunities in terms of employment, communication and economic prosperity.

Chairing a briefing on the status review of CPEC energy projects, the premier highlighted that Pakistan enjoys extreme goodwill with China that had been proven time and again during emergent situations.

He said fast-pace implementation is in the country’s interests and emphasized that timely decisions are required so that cost-escalation on these projects could be avoided.

Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, Special Assistant to the PM on Petroleum Nadeem Babar, CPEC Authority Chairman Lt Gen (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa, secretaries of Power, Petroleum and Planning divisions, the FBR chairperson, the Azad Jammu & Kashmir chief secretary and senior officials attended the briefing. The Punjab chief secretary participated through video link.

CPEC Authority Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa briefed the meeting in detail about the progress on CPEC projects.

He apprised the meeting there are a total of 22 projects in the CPEC’s energy portfolio, among which nine have 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.

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