PM CHAIRS MEETING ON ENERGY PROJECTS
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired
meeting on energy projects in the country at PM House, Islamabad
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