Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal has said that the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by 2018.
The production of 10,000 megawats (MW) of energy under CPEC would help overcome the energy crisis by 2018 as well as upgrade the existing road network of the country especially the western route through construction of missing links, said Iqbal. He added that Pakistan and China are working closely to implement the CPEC projects in the speediest manner. “Both sides are in constant touch through forums under the CPEC framework and are moving ahead smoothly and promptly to complete the mega project.”
The minister said that both sides realise the importance of CPEC for their own interests and for the benefit of the region. Iqbal said that there is unanimity that CPEC is a historical opportunity for sustained economic development. “Pakistan’s political leadership, civilian government and military leadership, time and again, demonstrated their commitment to the completion of CPEC.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2016.
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