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    August 02, 2016



Chitral Times Report

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired meeting on energy projects in the country at PM House, Islamabad today.

The meeting reviewed the progress on the ongoing and future energy projects in terms of the benchmarks.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed satisfaction over the pace of work on the energy projects and said that the present government is effectively diversifying the energy mix of the country to overcome the energy shortfall. We will end load-shedding from the country by the end of our tenure, the Prime Minister reiterated. It is encouraging that all the ongoing energy projects are being executed cost-effectively, the Prime Minister observed. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on the progress of energy projects under the CPEC and directed for reviewing the pace of work on these projects on regular basis. The Prime Minister further directed that utmost transparency must be ensured while executing all the energy projects in the country.

Our aim is to reduce the energy shortfall in the country that has been affecting the domestic as well as industrial consumers for several years. We are committed to provide not only sufficient electricity but also affordable electricity to the consumers enabling them to contribute in the socio-economic development of the country, expressed the Prime Minister.

The Meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, CM Punjab Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Petroleum Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Secretary Water and Power Mr. Muhammad Younas Dagha and other senior government officials.

Meanwhile the Vice Administrator of Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA), Mr. Li Fanrong along with his delegation called on the Federal Minister for Water and Power & Defense, Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif here in his office at Ministry of Water & Power to review progress of CPEC energy projects.

Minister welcomed the Vice Administrator of NEA and his delegation and said that Pakistan attaches special emotions and importance to China and highly values its relation with China. The Vice Administrator of NEA, Mr. Li Fanrong said that China and Pakistan have cordial relations and both countries have assisted each other in difficult times. He further said that the CPEC energy projects are progressing well under the able leadership of Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Water and Power. “Our aim is to complete all the energy projects in their given time frame and to benefit Pakistani people by fulfilling their electricity needs by 2018”, added Mr. Li Fanrong.

Mr. Li Fanrong said that for the timely completion of the projects it is of utmost importance that the bottlenecks must be removed and the Chinese workers in Pakistan on different projects under CPEC should be provided full security.

The Minister for water and power, Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif lauded NEA and said that CPEC covered a lot of ground in short time owing to the effective and efficient working of NEA & assured Mr. Li Fanrong that all the issues and bottlenecks impeding the energy projects will be removed to ensure smooth implementation and timely completion of the projects. “All relevant ministries will be contacted and issues pertaining to them will be discussed and resolved”, added the Minister.

Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif further stated that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety and security of Chinese workers working on different CPEC projects. “CPEC would be a success story of the region and will further strengthen the Pak-China economic relations.

Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif impressed upon his interlocutors to fast track the work on all energy projects and ensures their timely completion.


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