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Dec 27, 2013| Courtesy by : nation.com.pk
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that in addition to economic corridor, plan has been made to construct industrial zones with the cooperation of Chinese companies which would be given free of cost land by the Punjab government.
He said that the project of economic corridor from Kashgar to Gwadar is of great importance, as it would increase trade volume between both the countries.
He expressed these views while talking to the delegation of prominent Chinese TV channel Xinjian here on Thursday. Chairman Information Technology Board Umer Saif, Press Secretary to Chief Minister Shoaib Bin Aziz, Secretary Information Momin Agha, DGPR Athar Ali Khan and other concerned officials were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minster said vision of Chinese leadership, economic development and hard work of the people is a role model and thanked Chinese leadership for extending cooperation in the development and prosperity of Pakistan.
Chief Minister said that the Pakistani government is streamlining relations with friendly countries on new lines for putting the country on the road to progress and China is on the top of the list. He said that the project of economic corridor between Pakistan and China will prove to be a new chapter of development and prosperity in the region. He said that Gwadar Port is the glorious example of Pak-China friendship. He said that Chinese company China Harbor is constructing infrastructure at Gwadar Port.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is taking steps on emergent basis for overcoming energy crisis. He said that a number of agreements have been made with various Chinese companies for coping with energy crisis. He said that besides Gadani and Port Qasim, Chinese companies are also cooperating in installing coal power plants in Punjab. He said that during his recent visit to China, Aronchi province has expressed interest for providing 3,000MW electricity to Pakistan through transmission line. He said that Federal Government is marching forward speedily on the project of getting electricity from Aronchi province. He stressed the need for further promoting economic and trade relations between Pakistan and China.
He expressed the hope that time will certainly come when Pakistan and China will jointly install energy projects of 40,000mw. Shahbaz Sharif also gave an interview to Chinese TV Channel and talked about Pak-China relations.