Progress on CPEC projects in Gwadar reviewed

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ISLAMABAD (Online): The Caretaker Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives Muhammad Sami Saeed on Tuesday reviewed progress over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Gwadar while directing the ministries and divisions to further accelerate the work.

The Minister gave these directions while chairing a meeting to review the progress over CPEC projects in Gwadar. The meeting was attended by the Secretary Planning Ministry, Secretary Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Chief Economist, Chairman Gwadar Port Authority, Director General Gwadar Development Authority and other representatives from various ministries

The representatives of various ministries and divisions gave a detailed briefing over the implementation status of their respective projects in Gwadar.  All major projects under CPEC in Gwadar, including Gwadar Power Plant, Distribution of 2000 Boat engines to fishermen of Gwadar, Khuzdar-Panjgur Transmission line (via Nag-Basima) which connect Markran with National Grid, New Gwadar International Airport Project, the China-Pak Friendship Hospital, China-Pak Technical and Vocational Institute in Gwadar, the Gwadar East-bay Expressway Project, Gwadar Free Zone & Gwadar Port would become a shining pearl in the region.

While chairing the meeting, the Planning Minister said that the interim government is committed to implement the CPEC projects while directing the relevant ministries and divisions to further expedite the work on these projects in order to come timely.

In the recent budget the allocation for Balochistan has been doubled which indicated the federal government is committed to uplifts the province. He said that several projects have been completed in Balochistan related to the education, health, social sector to facilitate the people of Balochistan, said the Minister, while reiterating that the government will continue its efforts to uplift the province.

During the meeting, officials from the interior ministry gave a detailed briefing over the security of Chinese working in Pakistan. The Minister asked the relevant ministry and provincial governments to further beef up the security in order to avoid any untoward incidents.

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