Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak lamented that his province was kept in dark on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project for long two years as billions of us dollars were planned to be invested in Punjab alone.
“We were being deceived therefore he agitated it and compelled the prime minister to convene an all parties conference. Because of our efforts, the western route became part of the CPEC adding that it was five hundred kilometers short route”. The KP Chief Minister observed while addressing the participants of an interactive session amongst the industrialists, researchers, the educationists and the research scholars at Islamia College University Peshawar. .
Pervez Khattak, however, sounded optimistic that CPEC would spell out the future development status of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “My government fully understood the far reaching impact of CPEC and the level of prosperity it would bring along for the people of the province”, he added. CPEC, he said will determine the future of this region, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already been working to secure its share in the CPEC, hoping that the thoughts for the development of our area were being translated into reality. He doubted that if the bigger province did not create hurdles, he would succeed in bringing a huge investment of Rs. 30 billion US dollars to the province. He said the politicians did not think beyond their nose, they have nothing to do with the future of the province.
This country inherited rampant corruption. He advised the honest, marginalized in the past, to work and contribute their best in the future shape of things. He attached great expectations to the youth. He said the government, the academia and the industrialists needed to be on one page for durable success. The strong connectivity among the government, the researchers, the investors and the educationists would open up new vistas of employment, adding that this connectivity should be in the shape of publications taking the traditional, technical, education and quality research in the publications. We need to comprehend our weaknesses and should take the fastest route to get complete benefit of the opportunities that CPEC created, he added.
He reminded that because of terrorism, a single investor did not come to invest here and thanked the China that CPEC attracted both the foreign and domestic investors to our province. Europe and America also wanted to be part of the CPEC as they understood that they would stay behind if they did not avail the opportunities opened up by CPEC.
The province, CM said, would become so strategically important that would integrate the Central Asia and beyond adding KP government was working on 17 industrial zones in the province. The provincial government suggested Hattar, DIkhan and Reshakai Economic Zones for the CPEC. The provincial government was holding a road-show at Beijing towards the end of March to market different advantages of the province, he added. He said the working groups established in all provincial government departments were working on these lines. We designed feasible projects and was about to sign different MOUs with the Chinese and other foreign investors. The province had a number of agreements with the Chinese and other investors in hydel power generation, solar and others, he added. He said the Chinese have indicated their keenness for the relocation of different labour intensive industries in Reshakai. He hoped a huge investment flow into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the end of June. He advised to understand the Chinese system and termed it a prerequisite for the success, he added.
Chief Minister said that the politicians had weaknesses. They think of their elections and they do not have the capacity to look to the future. He advised to start thinking for the future of the country. His government has already planned rapid industrialization in the province. It gave an industrial policy that carried a number of attractive incentives including one window operation, stopping corruption and giving open governance so that the investors should not go from office to office and the existing system would give a single solution to all their problems, he added.