ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) must be concluded on a fast-track basis and aimed at providing final form to the consultation process on the future plans.
Praising the time-tested friendship with the northern neighbour, the prime minister said that during the difficult times China had always helped Pakistan, and CPEC was a symbol of the multi-dimensional partnership between the two sides.
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He also noted that Chinese experiments in the social sector need to be fully addressed, particularly for alleviating poverty and growing agriculture.
The Prime Minister chaired a high-level analysis meeting to measure progress on various CPEC projects, Minister of Revenue Hammad Azhar, Minister of Planning Asad Umar, Minister of Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister of Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, President of the CPEC Authority Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, and other senior officials attended the meeting.
Under the second priority phase, the prime minister directed the CPEC related officials to speed up implementation pace on various projects.
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In giving direction for the early finalization and completion of the projects, PM Imran Khan asked the related ministries to fix the deadline for completion and emphasised the need to make inter-ministerial cooperation more efficient in achieving desired results within the timeline specified.