CPEC: China to inject further $9 billion into Pakistani economy

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CPEC: China to inject further $9 billion into Pakistani economy

ISLAMABAD: Under the *CPEC, China to inject further $9 billion into Pakistani economy.*

With the approval of Mainline-I (ML-I) Railway Project, the total cost of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has surged to $50 billion – the biggest investment made by any foreign country in Pakistan.

The Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line (referred to as ML-1) would cost around $9 billion. The project would upgrade the country’s railway track infrastructure, speeding up railway traffic movement up to 120 miles per hour from Karachi to Peshawar.

According to official documents, out of the $50 billion CPEC outlay, 13 projects worth around $11 billion have already been completed, while work on 13 projects worth $18 billion was in progress, whereas $21 billion worth projects were in the pipeline.

Documents revealed that 46pc work on Gwadar Eastbay Expressway has been completed while New Gwadar International Airport was being constructed with Chinese grant. The airport would be the largest in Pakistan.

To enhance the friendly relationship between the people of China and Pakistan, both governments have also signed agreements for poverty alleviation.

In this regard, two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed on November 3, 2018, during the official visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China.

The first MoU was signed between the Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives and The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China, while the second MoU was signed between the Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives and China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA).

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