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Islamabad, Sept 21, 2017: Minister for Interior and Planning Development & Reform, Ahsan Iqbal said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor has played a transformational role in Pakistan by providing a strong economic platform, ensuring inclusive development and integration with regional economies. He expressed these views while chairing the CPEC 50th Progress Review Meeting at Ministry of Planning, Islamabad. Chinese Ambassador at Islamabad, Sun Weidong, officials from Chinese Companies, federal ministries and provincial governments attended the meeting. Minister said that CPEC has transformed Pakistan completely, making at an attractive destination for foreign direct investment. “The country known as terrorist hub, turned into a safe haven for billion dollar investment” Minister said. He said China''s FDI was 13 percent of the total foreign investment in 2013, far behind other countries. "But now after the CPEC, China has emerged as the top country in respect of FDI in Pakistan," he added. Ahsan Iqbal said that size of any economy now matters in world politics whereas economic strength of a country defines security and future prospects. CPEC has created conducive environment in Pakistan, guarantying its security and bright future, said Minister Ahsan Iqbal. Minister further instructed to fast track projects approved in 6th Joint Cooperation Committee of CPEC held last year. “7th JCC meeting, expected at the end of this year would take journey of CPEC into new heights and development milestones will be achieved”. Minister further said that support and unity from the provinces on CPEC has contributed to speedy implementation and completion of projects. “Provinces role is important to provide adequate security to workers engaged in construction of CPEC projects” Minister highlighted. During the meeting, line ministries have briefed about progress on projects in different sector. Ahsan Iqbal instructed the provinces to complete feasibilities of special economic zones, being developed under CPEC in 60 days. He further stressed on restructuring o...





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