ISLAMABAD.: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani said on Friday that different mega projects being executed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) should be expedited so that the people could reap fruits of the development at the earliest.
Talking to Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Sanjrani stressed the need for completing the projects for provision of clean drinking water, health care facilities, vocational training and sports infrastructure on a priority basis.
These projects, Sanjrani said, were of vital importance to Balochistan, emphasising that provision of quality health and education facilities would raise the living standard of the people.
“Projects under CPEC are not only beneficial for the people of Balochistan but also very important for economic development of different areas of the country, providing a milestone for the future development of China,” he said.
Keeping in view the increasing requirement of health sector in the province, the Senate chairman suggested that a hospital of international standard should be set up in Balochistan in addition to the provision of added healthcare facilities to the people.
Sanjrani stressed the need for special scholarships for the students from Balochistan in cooperation of the Chinese government. “The provincial government may provide these scholarships to the students to improve the standard of education, especially in the neglected areas,” he said.
He said Balochistan offered huge investment opportunities because of the ongoing development process, particularly in the fisheries sector. “Other less-developed areas of the country should also be included in the development stream to provide better facilities at par with the developed areas.”
The meeting was also attended by Balochistan Chief Secretary Dr Muhammad Nazir. The meeting was informed that a football stadium would be constructed in Quetta as a part of the sport infrastructure development process in Balochistan.
The Senate chairman was also apprised of different projects, which were being planned by the planning and development ministry in close collaboration with the Chinese government for the less-developed areas of the country.
On this occasion, Ambassador Yao said that Pakistan and China economic partnership would be beneficial for both the countries. “The Chinese government is fully cooperating with government of Pakistan for executing public welfare projects in less-developed areas,” he added.