Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Monday said the meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be held on December 28, in Beijing, China. This he said while talking to media after attending a ceremony held in connection with the celebration of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday organized by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He said in the meeting, both sides would evaluate progress on ongoing projects in infrastructure and energy sectors under CPEC. Ahsan Iqbal said, “We need to follow Quaid’s vision in letter and spirit for prosperity and development of the country.”
He said Pakistan was an emerging economy and the country would stand in top 10 economies of the world in coming years. He said justice, equality and peace were hallmark for socio-economic development. He said the government under leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fully committed for the turnaround in country’s fortunes. Ahsan said CPEC would help to overcome the energy crisis and all the infrastructure development under this project would provide equal opportunities to all.
He said apart from focusing on energy and infrastructure, CPEC would also improve the quality of life through social and economic interventions.
The minister said the government would establish special economic zones through CPEC in all provinces, which would create tremendous trade and economic opportunities for the people.