CPEC to consider Pak. social sector priorities

‘We will prioritise livelihood projects and extend them to western Pakistan’
China and Pakistan are looking afresh at projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in tune with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s focus on development of social infrastructure. “China will give more assistance on a priority basis to such areas as agriculture, education, medical service and drinking water, delivering tangible benefits to more people,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, in response to a question.
Wang’s visit
Asked to comment on Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s three-day visit to Islamabad, where the CPEC was discussed, Mr. Geng said: “The two sides will enhance the building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and decide the future development path and the course for cooperation through negotiations in light of Pakistan’s next-stage socio-economic development priorities and the needs of its people.” “We will prioritise the faster development of industrial cooperation and livelihood projects, gradually extend them to the western part of Pakistan and enable more Pakistanis to benefit from the CPEC.”
Mr. Geng’s focus on developing social infrastructure in Pakistan chimes with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s emphasis on pursuing a people-oriented approach. Meanwhile Pakistan media reports said that Mr. Khan’s adviser on commerce, textiles, industries and investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, has dismissed aFinancial Times report on CPEC, stating that his statements were taken out of context. In his clarification, Mr. Dawood emphasised that Pakistan’s commitment to CPEC would not change. He added that during the recent visit of Mr. Wang, both countries decided to take their strategic partnership forward, stressing that commitments to CPEC would be honoured and were unwavering, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/cpec-to-consider-pak-social-sector-priorities/article24920793.ece

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