Mega infrastructure projects being initiated: Dastgir


Karachi—The British consulting firms have deep interest in Pakistan as mega infrastructure projects are being initiated in the country. This was stated by the Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan, while talking to media after inaugurating the British Business Centre at the UK Deputy High Commission.
He said this centre is open to the companies from both the countries and that it is on the demand basis. The Minister pointed out that the interest of the British companies in Pakistan is mainly in the energy projects and infrastructure. Khurram Dastgir said that other avenues such as energy and infrastructure are being opened in Pakistan apart from the country’s strength which is textiles, leather, cutlery and sports goods etc and that the British companies have shown a great deal of interest.
He also lauded efforts of the UK government as well as its High Commission in Islamabad and Deputy High Commission in Karachi for bringing together the business communities of Pakistan and Britain and for the purpose held conferences in London. The minister said that this centre manifests that Pakistan’s international partners especially in Britain desire to promote the economic ties which would lead to mutual prosperity. He further stated that Pakistan’s ties with the international community are deepening. Khurram Dastgir said Pakistan is moving forward with its international partners like Britain and China.
He was very confident that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would lead to full fruition as the commitment of the two countries in this regard is very solid. The minister said of the Rs 4,600 billion CPEC, Rs 3,600 billion pertain to energy projects and that there is no ambiguity in this regard and work on some of them has been initiated. He was of the view that any difference of opinion is the part of a democratic process. However, the people of Pakistan have got an opportunity after a long time in collaboration with China to move ahead.— APP