Uar sees China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects progressing


KARACHI:Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar Sunday said the projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor were are progressing with fast pace during tenure of the incumbent government.

The way government handled pandemic situation and made efforts to contain the spread of pandemic COVID-19, similarly the government would continue working day and night for the success of CPEC, he said while addressing the reception ceremony of first consignment, carrying equipment and machinery for Century Steel at Karachi Port, for setting up of a steel mill in Rashakai Special Economic Zone.

The minister termed the occasion as another manifestation of exceptional relation between Pakistan and China.

Umar said the CPEC was now entering the most important second phase. The projects were now not limited to infrastructure only.

He informed that CRBC, a Chinese firm, had entered into an agreement with Pakistan under CPEC to promote foreign investments for development and marketing in Rashakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

He said the work for the provision of basic necessities, including electricity and others, at Rashakai SEZ was underway in fast pace.

He said the Century Steel, a Chinese firm, with the investment of $240 million, would set up a steel mill in Rashakai SEZ which would produce about 1.5 million tons of steel.

The firm would also employ over 600 Pakistanis during construction phase while in second phase, over 1000 people would be provided jobs.

Umar said that the bilateral relation of Pakistan and China was not new, whenever Pakistan needed a friend, China was there.

The federal minister lauded the efforts of Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa.

Chinese Consul General to Karachi Li Bijian speaking on the occasion said that due to the concerted efforts of the government of Pakistan, the economy of the country was strengthening and gaining momentum despite the negative effect of global pandemic, specially the construction sector had been witnessing faster growth and the demand for steel had increased.

Because of the brilliant efforts from both sides — China and Pakistan — the first phase of the CPEC had completed, he said. Bijian said: “We are quite confident to attract more and more investments in Rashakai SEZ.”

The Consul General thanked the federal government, particularly CPEC Authority Chairman, for his support and efforts.

He said that it was an honor for him to witness the reception of first consignment carrying equipment and machinery for Century Steel, which was a beginning.

On the occasion, Chairman CPEC Authority, representatives of Century Steel, officers of KPT and other were also present.