China-Pak discusses progress on CPEC

China-Pak discusses progress on CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of China in Pakistan, Yao Jin called on Secretary Planning, Development and Reform, Zafar Hasan on Tuesday and discussed the progress of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Prime Minister’s visit to China in April.

Project Director,CPEC Hasaan Daud was also present on the occasion, said a statement issued by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform here.

Both sides agreed to further expedite implementation of projects in the field of socio-economic development following the Chinese experts visit to Islamabad.

Development initiatives in the six identified areas; health, education, drinking water, vocational training, agriculture and poverty alleviation would be implemented in three years time with special focus on less developed remote regions of Pakistan.

Breakthrough is expected on the implementation of this sector during the high level visit. Secretary Planning,Zafar Hasan highlighted importance of industrial cooperation under CPEC, saying that special economic zone development would be ensured as per the vision of incumbent government.

Both the sides would move further to ensure a comprehensive mechanism for tangible work in this sector, including launch of specail economic zones SEZs’ development, he added.

Both the sides agreed to promote early implementation of Gwadar projects, including vocational institute, hospital, new Gwadar Airport and City Master Plan.

Spadework on the projects has been completed and ready to hit the ground by mid of this year. Secretary underscored the need to finalize preliminary design of Pakistan Railways ML-1 upgradation so that negotiation on financial matters may commence.

Both sides agreed to enhance communication to finalize agenda and deliverable for the upcoming highest level visit on the occasion of Belt and Road Forum, planned in April this year.