Mushahid, Hafeez meeting: CM to be kept in loop on CPEC

Category: Gilgit-Baltistan
Published on Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:27
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BY OUR CORRESPONDENT

GILGIT: A high level meeting has decided to ensure that chief minister Gilgit – Baltistan is kept in the loop in all activities relating to China Pakistan economic corridor [CPEC], a mega development project which will connect Gwadar Port to China via Gilgit – Baltistan.

“This has been decided in a meeting between chairman parliamentary committee on CPEC senator Mushahid Hussain and chief minister Hafeezur Rahman,” said an official said on Wednesday.

Hussain is heading the parliamentary committee on CPEC which was constituted recently to develop a national consensus on the $46 billion economic corridor, which will join China’s south-western region with Gwadar port.

Mushahid Hussain had called on Hafeezur Rahman in his camp office in Islamabad in Tuesday to settle the matters, said the official.

The announcement is considered as an important step towards taking onboard the stakeholders of the region where lawyers and politicians raised hue and cry in the recent past over ‘neglecting G-B in the project.’

According to the official, from now on, either chief minister or his nominee will represent the region in meeting and events taking in an outside the country.

A spokesman in the chief minister secretariat said an international conference will be organized in China next year to attract investment for Gilgit – Baltistan.

“This conference is an outcome of chief minister’s meeting with Mushahid Hussain in Islamabad,” said a spokesman.

He said agreements would be signed between G-B’s Karakoram International University [KIU] and China’s Sinkiang University to encourage research on CPEC and learning of languages of respective countries.

Meanwhile chief minister, who is in Islamabad on an official visit, also met finance minister of Belarus and agreed to work together in mining sector. According to officials, an agreement would be signed in March next year between the two countries to capitalize on the minerals found abundantly in G-B.

“Belarus has expressed keen interest in investing in the mining section and a green signal has been communicated to them,” said the official.