Islamabad, 17 October 2022 (TDI): The Chinese government will finance the Pak-China Friendship Hospital being established over 68 acres of land under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The hospital would be equipped with a modern medical facility for the people of the port city of Gwadar. The project has been brought out for the implementation of Phase II of a 50-bed hospital.

The hospital will be constructed under the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) Business Plan (Federal PSDP). The Hospital would also provide 40 local jobs, generating employment prospects for the local population.

The civil work started in November 2020 and is expected to be completed by December 2022. The approximate project cost was $100 million.

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The project will be accomplished jointly by the executing company and sponsors. These companies and sponsors include GDA, the financing Chinese Government Grant Supervising Agency, and Planning and Development Department.

Moreover, the Government of Balochistan, and the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives will also sponsor the project.

There are total of 6 medical blocks (each with 50 beds) in the project. Out of these six, one medical block is completed. There are also 20 residential blocks constructed.

The construction of the remaining blocks with a supply of medical equipment and machinery is part of the project.

Moreover, construction nursing and paramedical institutes medical colleges, central laboratories, and other allied facilities are also part of the project.

Pakistan-China bilateral relations

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations on 21 May 1951. Both countries enjoy close and friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Moreover, Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China. The diplomatic relationship between Pakistan and China is based on feelings of mutual trust and respect toward each other.

China is Pakistan’s largest trading partner and a major investor, especially in the infrastructure and energy sector. The bilateral trade between the two countries reached $18 billion in 2018.