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‘China to help Pakistan complete uplift projects’

BEIJING: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already announced Vision 2025 for rapid development of Pakistan adding that he is visualising completion of this vision with the cooperation of China within the stipulated time.
He expressed these views at the third session of Pak-China Joint Working Group held in Beijing on Wednesday to review progress on the proposed mega development project in Pakistan.
Ahsan Iqbal led Pakistani side while Chinese Vice President for Reforms Commission for National Development Xu Shaoshi represented his country. 
In his remarks, Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan wants to finalise financial aspects of Pak-China corridor by the end of this year so that physical work on the project could be launched.
He said Pakistan appreciates Chinese assistance for economic development and hope that the forthcoming visit of Chinese President to Islamabad will help expedite pace of our economic progress. He said the government is paying special attention on the completion of mega projects in energy, transport and infrastructure development sectors. He expressed the confidence that Pakistan will be able to complete these mega projects up to 2018. In his remarks, Chinese Vice President Xu Shaoshi said his country wants to expedite development process in the region in collaboration with Pakistan. He said China would continue to work with Pakistan for completion of its development projects.
He said the Chinese government and private electric companies with continue to work for enhancing power generation in Pakistan to mitigate energy crisis. He said China wants to ensure sustainable progress on all mega development projects in Pakistan in the coming years.

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