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Dated : 29 December 2016

Beijing, Dec 28, 2016: Minister PD&R Ahsan Iqbal is meeting with Cai Fang, the Vice President and other members of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was accompanied by Tariq Fatmi, Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs.

Event Venue : China

Dated : 29 December 2016

Officials from all provinces at JCC, a symbol of national unity: Ahsan Iqbal Beijing : Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal addressed academics from Peking University in China prior to JCC to be held on 29th December , 2016 While making his address the Minister said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the biggest project under China’s One-Belt One-Road initiative that will unite the entire region. He said under CPEC, $30 billion worth projects have been implemented. He stated that with the addition of new projects in the 6th Joint Cooperation Committee(JCC), investment in CPEC will further increase. The Minister further added that CPEC related industrial cooperation will kick-start an economic revolution in Pakistan. CPEC economic zones will generate investment and employment opportunities for the country said by the minister . He further added that 8 Industrial zones will be set up in all provinces of the country. He said that there is recommendation of 2 zones within Balochistan, including Gwadar free zone. For the security of Chinese companies working on CPEC a new security force has been formed, he said. He stated that China and Pakistan together will defeat all anti-CPEC forces. Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that participation of high level officials from the provinces in JCC is the symbol of national unity and commitment . The involvement of provinces in JCC with full spirit will help to complete the CPEC projects on fast pace said by the minister . He maintained that education, agriculture and tourism sectors will grow in long-term programs. The Minister further said that China and Pakistan Universities should work together to promote education. He added that people to people contacts will also be developed through CPEC. He said that various projects of cooperation between Pakistan and China media industry are also under consideration .