Completion of energy projects on fast track basis to help overcome energy crisis: PM

ISLAMABAD, July 04 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday acknowledged the support of National Energy Administration (NEA) of China and said that completion of the energy projects on fast track basis will help the Government of Pakistan in overcoming the energy crisis.
“Pakistan is fully committed to the timely and effective implementation of all projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a major and one of the most important components of the initiative,” he said while talking to Nur Bekri, Chairman NEA of China at PM House.
While welcoming the Chairman and his delegation, the Prime Minister stated that, “The exemplary relations between Pakistan and China are based on mutual respect and trust and that Pakistan wishes to explore all existing opportunities to further cement these relations.”
“Your visit will provide yet another opportunity to strengthen the existing warm and friendly relations between our two countries. Both the countries are working for the prosperity of the people of the region through joint economic and development efforts.”
“Pakistan shares the Chinese vision of regional and global economic integration through strengthening connectivity, and that is the reason Pakistan is among the early partners in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative,” emphasized the PM.
The Prime Minister extended his gratitude to the Chinese ministries and institutions for their support in making CPEC a reality and an example for the world to follow.
The Prime Minister emphasized that, “The present Government is committed to the efforts of improved regional connectivity and is extending its full cooperation for the early execution of the projects in the most effective manner.”
He invited NEA, China to expand and diversify its investment in the power sector of Pakistan by participating in the process of setting up transmission lines and local coal generation projects.
The PM felicitated the Chairman on being chosen for the conferment of Hilal-e-Pakistan award by President Mamnoon Hussain for his meritorious services in the energy sector of Pakistan.
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The award will be formally bestowed in the investiture ceremony to be held at Aiwa-e-Sadr.
The PM said, “The completion of Sahiwal Coal-based Power Plant in record time will greatly help the government of Pakistan in resolving the power shortages from the country. We are happy that our pledge with the people of Pakistan to end power shortages is being honored.”
Chairman Nur Bekri thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome extended to the visiting delegation in Pakistan. He said, “NEA of China is rigorously executing energy projects in Pakistan.”
Appreciating the development vision of the present government in Pakistan, the Chairman said, “NEA is committed to complete the on-going energy projects in Pakistan within stipulated time lines.”
The delegation comprised of Huang Xuenong, DG Department of Electric Power, Liu Deshun, DG Department of Oil and Gas, Gun Jun, DG Department of International Cooperation, Wu Ruipeng, Director Department of General Affairs and Suo Yunpeng, Deputy Director Department of International Cooperation, NEA. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong was also present on the occasion.
The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Water and Power, Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab and other senior officials.