Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure for formulation of integrated transport plan

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Islamabad—The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, Tuesday, directed authorities to formulate an integrated transport plan for roads, railways, and shipping to complement and integrate all transport sectors. Cabinet Committee met here with Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal in the chair and directed officials to ensure that all transport projects should be completed within the prescribed timelines and suggested to hold cabinet committee meeting on infrastructure in every month for smooth working and coordination.
On the occasion, Minister said that chief ministers showed their confidence on the progress of CPEC projects in CPEC summit held on 29th August but some elements and anti-CPEC forces are spreading misgivings and misguiding people of KPK. Minister directed ministries to develop clear roadmap with timelines of completion of all undergoing projects and new initiatives undertaken. During the meeting, he stressed to ensure holding of meeting of joint working group on transport before 6th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) which is agreed to be held in the last week of November this week. NHA chairman informed the meeting that he recently visited most of the projects being constructed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor to determine appropriate deliverables on stipulated time.
Meanwhile, addressing participants of National Management Course (NMC), minister said that civil servants have to play a key role to keep the growth momentum after country achieved macroeconomic stabilization due to the hard work of last three years. For achieving further economic growth, we need to become a competitive economy by excelling in productivity, quality and innovation, he added.
He said that we as a nation need to think positively and equip ourself with self belief without which the image of our country cannot be mended. Ahsan Iqbal further added that Pakistan of 2016 is much better than it was 2013. Improvement of indicators in social, economic, security and energy sector provide significant evidence on stability in these sectors and better tomorrow. Federal Minister said that government of Pakistan was committed to bring Pakistan among top 25 economies of the world by 2025.

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