Islamabad, 27 October 2022 (TDI): Nong Rong, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, met Professor Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives.

The two officials discussed CPEC projects in preparation for the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif’s impending trip to China. CPEC is the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. 

CPEC is a joint venture between China and Pakistan. It is a collection of infrastructure projects that began in 2013 and are under construction throughout Pakistan.

The hour-long meeting covered the current CPEC projects that Shahbaz Sharif will be discussing during his recent visit to China.

A number of CPEC projects were highlighted by the Minister, who also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to advancing CPEC projects.

While reiterating that the incumbent government has revived the CPEC, the Minister stated “The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be significant.”

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He went to say that this would be so “especially, at a time when President Xi Jinping of China has been elected for a third term as China’s leader, ”

Ahsan Iqbal also discussed the Karachi Circular Railways, the ML-1 project, and numerous other initiatives in the fields of energy, information technology, agriculture, culture, as well as other areas.

The Federal Minister for Planning assured the Chinese Envoy that the government of Pakistan is committed to finishing the CPEC projects without delay.

In this vein, he added that energy independence will stabilise the economy. CPEC projects will have a significant impact on Pakistan’s economy, and Pakistan is committed to completing the project on time.

Moreover, the prosperity of Balochistan is correlated with the growth of Gwadar, along with the current administration to finish all CPEC projects in Gwadar.

While Ambassador Nong Rong on his part expressed appreciation for the government’s efforts, particularly those of the Minister of Planning and Development. Furthermore, he pledged his full cooperation.