Karachi: Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will guard the interests of both Pakistan and china, and we hope through CPEC Pakistan will play a leading role in the whole region. He emphasized the need for understanding demography of Balochistan and phsychology of its people to make China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a big success story of the country. “It is very important to understand Balochistan, which makes 46 percent of total area of Pakistan and is rich in natural resources,” the minister said while speaking at a seminar on CPEC here.
He was addressing the seminar organised by Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) and Human Resource Forum on Wednesday. Chairperson SBI Ms. Naheed Memon, Director SBI Abrar Ahmed Shaikh, Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Arif Illahi, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and Chief Executive Officer S.M. Muneer, Senior Vice President FPCCI Shaikh Khalid Tawab, Vice President Hanif Gohar, Ashraf Iqbal Baloch, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Sindh Secretary Industries, Abdul Rahim Soomro also spoke on the occasion.
Addressing the seminar Chairperson of Sindh Board of Investment (SBI), Maheed Memon said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is very much in Pakistan’s interest, as it would lead to development on a faster pace, she said a huge sum of money is being utilized under the CPEC to resolve energy problems and improve infrastructure of the country. She said that support to the CPEC is in Pakistan’s own interest. “However, we would also have to keep in view the interests of our industries,” she added.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources urged that the people from other areas of the country especially the business persons to interact to maximum possible level with Balochistan people and give them sense of partnership and make them realize what socio-economic change CPEC could bring for them. He stressed the business leaders, gathered there in a good number, that they should also guide chief minister and ministers of Balochistan about Gwadar and other potential areas of the province so that they could come up with better planning and most viable projects linked to CPEC, and better bargain with federal government in the interest of the province, its people and the country.
Sindh Secretary Industries Abdul Rahim Soomro spoke of the industrial polices and incentives to attract local and foreign investment in the province. He elaborated on the some potential projects like Keti Bandar which could be made a part of CPEC. Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Arif Illahi presented a brief account of shipping industry in the country. He was extremely idealistic that Gwadar would be worldwide center point of exchange and venture.