CPEC a for­tune changer for Gil­git-Bal­it­stan re­gion: Ah­san

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form, Ah­san Iqbal said on Wed­nes­day that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Gil­git-Baltistan of Pak­istan and Xin­giang prov­ince of China can add a new chap­ter in China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) be­cause of their ge­o­graphic prox­im­ity.

The Min­is­ter pro­posed a five year plan for pro­mot­ing co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship be­tween Xin­giang and Gil­gitBaltistan in var­i­ous fields. "We need to learn from China's de­vel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence of es­tab­lish­ing eco­nomic zones like the Kash­gar eco­nomic zone," he added. The Min­is­ter ex­pressed these views while hav­ing a meet­ing with the Chi­nese busi­ness and stated that eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion and re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Pak­istan and Xin­giang prov­ince is crit­i­cal for mak­ing CPEC a suc­cess.

Ah­san Iqbal said that CPEC will take this friend­ship from higher than Hi­malayas to higher than stars. He said that re­gional and eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion is very sig­nif­i­cant for the suc­cess of the CPEC projects. The Fed­eral Min­is­ter men­tioned that Mr. Zh­nag Chux­ian, Sec­re­tary of Com­mu­nist Party of Xin­jiang Prov­ince had a fruit­ful visit to Pak­istan which laid foun­da­tion for stronger co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Xin­jiang and Pak­istan. He said that the suc­cess of CPEC de­pends on busi­ness to busi­ness and peo­ple to peo­ple con­tacts of both the coun­tries. Fed­eral Min­is­ter said that Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Pak­istan is not an or­di­nary one but we also have broth­erly re­la­tions. Ah­san Iqbal said that we need to de­velop a very com­pre­hen­sive roadmap of co­op­er­a­tion in dif­fer­ent sec­tors be­tween Pak­istan and China par­tic­u­larly be­tween the Xin­jiang prov­ince and Gil­git Baltistan. The Min­is­ter said that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pak­istan and China would ma­te­ri­al­ize in the form of solid projects and it will add colours in our friend­ship. He pro­posed that sports and ed­u­ca­tion could be pos­si­ble ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Gil­git and Xin­jiang, as GB has very young pop­u­la­tion. The Min­is­ter also pro­posed that Chi­nese ex­perts could visit Ex­cel­lence Cen­tre of Pak­istan to cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Chi­nese Econ­omy in Pak­istan. He said that both China and Pak­istan are com­mit­ted and work­ing hard on CPEC projects and all the projects would com­plete in stip­u­lated time. Yuan Jian­mia ap­pre­ci­ated the dy­namism of Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form for his ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment with CPEC and sup­ported the pro­pos­als of Fed­eral Min­is­ter, ex­tend­ing full sup­port.

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