Pakistan once again rejects foreign propaganda against CPEC
ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Pakistan once again rejects foreign propaganda against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has said that the Pak-China bilateral project will generate many opportunities for employment.
Addressing a seminar on CPEC, the minister says that the CPEC project is a win-win project of China-Pakistan economic cooperation. He said besides diversifying Chinese supply lines CPEC will prove to be catalyst for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
He said CPEC is a game changer project not only for Pakistan, but also for the entire region, based on the idea of shared development. He said CPEC is a manifestation of China's special relationship with Pakistan.
Shibli Faraz said under this project, Gwadar is going to become a hub of economic activities with Middle East and North Africa. He said major initiatives of CPEC include construction of road networks, extending from Gwadar Port to Khunjerab Pass, up-gradation of ML-1, power projects of 10,000 megawatts and Gwadar-Nawabshah pipeline to transport gas from Iran.
Shibli Faraz said CPEC is estimated to generate six to eight billion rupees per annum just in taxes as roads and bridges toll.
He said overall, 2.3 million jobs are expected to be created between 2015-2030, resulting in more than 2.5 percent annual rise in GDP.
The Minister said CPEC has made a remarkable progress in the first phase. He said majority of the projects planned in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors have been carried out successfully and many are in the execution stage.
He said the second stage will further focus on industrialization, agriculture, modernization and socio-economic development.
Shibli Faraz said the projects in the existing and newly established areas will enhance the capacity of Pakistan ultimately improving the economic competitiveness of Pakistan.
He said it is dispensable to counter the negative propaganda aimed at the success of the projects and bilateral ties. He said the benefits of CPEC will reach the gross roots level and benefit Pakistan's population.