Pak-China corridor, motorway, energy projects top priority: PM Nawaz
29 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the government accords top priority to the projects of the Pak-China Economic Corridor, motorway and energy production.
The prime minister said Pakistan attaches great importance to its friendship with China and appreciates the interest of Chinese companies for investment in development projects in Pakistan.
He was talking to a delegation of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China, that was led by its vice chairman Zhang Xiaoqiang. The premier thanked the visiting delegation for showing an interest in projects that are vital for the economic growth of Pakistan. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal apprised the prime minister about the detailed meetings between the Government of Pakistan and NDRC. He said a joint working group and a joint expert group had already been established and regular meetings would be held between the two sides.
The vice chairman of the NDRC said there was a wave of excitement among the Chinese companies who were eager to work on projects in Pakistan. He said that apart from the power generation projects, China was also interested in the projects of power transmission and distribution.
Zhang assured that projects undertaken would be completed within the stipulated time.The Chinese delegation expressed its desire to visit the project sites in Lahore and Gawadar so that further avenues of cooperation could be explored.
Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hosted a luncheon in the honour of the Chinese delegation.Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Minister Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi and senior officers attended the meeting.