Provinces on same page to achieve sustainable development targets: Ahsan

Irfan Aligi

Karachi—Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal Friday said the Federal Government and all provinces are on the same page to make integrated efforts for sustainable development of the country. He said that after passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment, the provinces have important role in the national development process. Without active role of provinces, the national development targets could not be achieved, he added. He was addressing a press conference after meeting of the Interprovincial Coordination Ministers at the Sindh Secretariat here.
Ahsan Iqbal said the provinces have agreed to extend mutual cooperation in project management and development. He said that “our focus in on two main sectors include energy and sustainable development.” More electricity will be added to national grid in the next 10 years while efforts are being made to upgrade the distribution system, he added. The Federal Minister for Planning and Development termed the Tharcoal Project as an important project in the energy sector and said the Sindh government is working on it and the Centre will extend all possible cooperation in it.
He said that the work is also underway on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and with the continuity of the ongoing development process, Pakistan will emerge as a fast developing country.
Ahsan Iqbal said that a national enrolment campaign has also been launched to achieve the 100 per cent literacy rate among children by 2018. He said that an international conference is also being organised in this July with the objective to promote the public-private partnership.
He told a questioner that smooth release of development funds to the provinces is being ensured and the further improvement will be brought in the process to ensure unhindered execution of projects.
To another question, he said that the CPEC is a long-term project and vibrant efforts are being made by all stakeholders for completion of the CPEC.
Responding another question about Panama Papers allegations, the Federal Minister said that announcement to form commission has already been made and the matter will be investigated in a transparent manner.

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