Punjab Government hosted a Seminar on CPEC at Lahore.
Punjab Planning and Development Department hosted a Seminar on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to discuss the Framework of CPEC regarding industrial cooperation and Long Term Plan 2030. Minister for P&D Malik Nadeem Kamran, Shiekh Allauddin Minister for Industries, Amanatullah Khan Minister for Irrigation, Sher Ali khan Minister for Mines and Mineral and Zakia Shah Nawaz Minister for Environment attended the seminar. The provincial secretaries of departments concerned, heads of various government agencies, and representatives from academia also participated to ensure healthy and fruitful discussion on various aspects of CPEC.
Addressing the CPEC Seminar at P&D, Minister P&D Malik Nadeem Kamran said that all provincial departments must build their capacity in order to address all provincial and CPEC related issues in a timely manner. He further stressed on mutual coordination among the government departments to prepare a comprehensive and all-inclusive long term plan by 15 March 2017. He also appraised the relevant stakeholders for showing key interest in the seminar and the debate on CPEC.
Punjab Chairman, P&D Board Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan, delivering his opening remarks, described the working of the Joint Cooperation Committee on CPEC. He apprised that the first phase of the CPEC has been completed which will improve the overall connectivity. He also emphasized that the industrial zones are an important part of CPEC. He advised that all relevant sectors must prioritize projects for the inclusion in the Long Term Plan by 31st March, 2017.
Minster Industries Shiekh Allauddin emphasized to focus on the industry for relocation from China to Pakistan which may not hamper the local industry. Minister for Irrigation Amanat ullah khan suggested to establish industrial parks and special economic zones on non-irrigated land to avoid wastage of agriculture land.
At the seminar, Punjab Secretary Industries gave a detailed presentation to the participants regarding progress achieved recently and mechanism approved for further approval/inclusion of new projects under CPEC. He deliberated on the importance of CPEC and highlighted the provincial share of the energy and transport projects under CPEC. He briefly mentioned the routes of CPEC and the phasing out of the projects.
The seminar was followed by a discussion session. Comments and suggestions were taken from the participants on how to include the priority sectors within the Long Term Plan favoring the Pakistani side.