Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that PML-N government in Pakistan has given solid economic shape to Pak-China friendship at the large scale.
He added that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has ushered in a new era of Pak-China relations, as the impacts of this project are durable and permanent. We shall also give the legacy of a better future to our future generations in shape of CPEC.
The officials of China and Pakistan are working as a team to move forwards the CPEC project; and with better understanding, both the countries have accelerated the CPEC.
The Chief Minister said this while giving an interview to Chinese news agency Xinhua in Beijing, today.
He said that important targets have been achieved in a short span of time under the CPEC; adding that the completion of projects with such a speed was unimaginable during the last 70 years.
Quite a number of projects are near to completion under the CPEC, and these projects would play an important role in the development and prosperity of Pakistan. He said that the enemy is conspiring against the CPEC, which will never be allowed to succeed.
The visionary leadership of Pakistan and China is fully committed to deal with challenges, in this regard, and the leadership of both the countries will foil every conspiracy of the enemy as the CPEC project would continue to move forward by defeating every conspiracy of the enemy.
The Chief Minister said that One Belt One Road is a historic project of Chinese President Xi Jinping; this project is a hope of peace, prosperity and development. And, we fully support this wonderful vision.
He said that best facilities and conducive environment has been provided to the Chinese investors in Pakistan. The process of completion of energy projects has started which would help end the energy crisis.
The 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Project has started producing electricity and the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate this project this month. Similarly, the Bhikki Gas Power Project is also generating 717 megawatt electricity, and this project is providing electricity in a record span of time.
The standard of transparency introduced by the PML-N government in the projects is unique. That’s why, the world is appreciative of the development and prosperity of Pakistan, and worthwhile decrease in corruption has also been recognized. He said that the Chinese investors should fully invest in the Punjab and they should take full benefit of business opportunities.
The Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif held separate meetings with heads of Chinese investment companies in Beijing. While talking to the heads of investment companies, the Chief Minister said that vast prospects are available for investment in different sectors in the Punjab; adding that best collaboration has been established between Punjab government and Chinese companies.
The growing collaboration between Punjab and Chinese companies is a source of extension in economic cooperation between Pakistan and China. He said that a new history of eternal Pak-China friendship has been written. The investment projects worth billions of dollars are being completed speedily and in a transparent manner.
He said that a new chapter of development and prosperity has been written after the tour of Chinese President to Pakistan. He added that the CPEC has given new dimension to unique relations of Pakistan and China. The economic package of China has helped to start a new era of development in Pakistan. The songs of Pak-China friendship are being sung in the whole world.
The cooperation of Chinese President Xi Jinping and that of Prime Minister Li Keqiang, in the development and prosperity of Pakistan, is commendable. Meanwhile, the CPEC is playing an important role in strengthening Pakistan economically. He said that a new history of transparency, honesty and trust has been written which has no prior precedence.
China proved its friendship with Pakistan when we were facing terrorism and energy crisis. The Chief Minister said that every type of facilities would be provided to the Chinese investors for setting up factories in Punjab; and added that he has been personally supervising the projects launched in collaboration with China.
He said that best facilities have been provided for investment in the Punjab. Quite a number of Chinese companies are investing in Pakistan, especially in the Punjab. Let’s invest in Punjab whole heartedly, and you will be fully facilitated. We welcome your cooperation in development and prosperity of the Punjab, he added.
The Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also met with a delegation of renowned housing sector company of China in Beijing. The Chinese delegation was led by company President Mr. Ding Jian Wei.
The Chinese company showed its interest in investment in housing sector in the Punjab, especially investment in project of low income houses. While talking to the delegation, the Chief Minister said that the Punjab government has been efficiently extending the composite agenda of public welfare.
The feeling of own roof gives a sense of protection to the people. The Punjab government started Aashiyana Scheme which got tremendous response. He said that there is a strong need of project for construction of low income houses in the province. The Punjab government has planned a programme of providing houses to low income strata.
We would be happy if the Chinese company invests in this sector which would directly benefit the common man. He said that the project of construction of houses for the low income families would have to be progressed in a professional and efficient manner.
We would welcome the investment of Chinese company for providing roof to low income groups and every facility would be provided in this regard, he added.
On this occasion, the head of Chinese delegation said that they are desirous of investment in the project of construction of low cost houses; and in this regard, partnership with the Punjab government would be extended.
Punjab Minister for Industry Sheikh Allauddin was also present on the occasion.