BAHAWALPUR: “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will transform global trade and place Pakistan at the centre of regional trade activity,” National Assembly Member (MNA) Parveen Masood Bhatti said on Friday.
Bhatti, also a member of the standing committee for information and broadcasting, was addressing a press conference.
“The CPEC is a global game-changer. It will connect Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia with Far East. The corridor has the potential to generate trade worth $3 trillion annually,” she said.
Bhatti said the CPEC would bring Gwadar Port to the fore of international trade.
“The CPEC would also bring $46 billion investment and boost industrialisation. Millions of new jobs will be created. We hope to see genuine socioeconomic development in Pakistan through this project,” she said.
‘Govt will improve infrastructure in Cholistan’
Minister for Cooperatives and Cholistan Development Council Chairman Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channer said on Friday that the provincial government was committed to modernising the physical infrastructure in Cholistan. “We want to provide efficient civic services to the Cholistani people,” he said. He made these remarks while addressing a ceremony organised by Punjab Clerks Association and Punjab Patwarian Association as its chief guest.
“The chief minister has a vision of inclusive development to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in Southern Punjab”, He noted.
The minister said the government had launched various initiatives in Cholistan to provide jobs to residents of the area. “Schools are also being set up,” he said.
Power out for maintenance
A Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) executive engineer on Friday said that supply of electricity of City I and City II feeders of Bahawalpur City would remain suspended on account of annual maintenance and repair for five days (September 3 to September 7). He said power supply would be suspended during these days from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. He said electricity supply to Satellite Town would be suspended for maintenance and repair from 7:30 am to 11:30 am on September 8.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2016.