Chinese govt eager to start uplift projects to help people in Gwadar: Senior lawmaker

Quetta: Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum Senator Mohammad Abdul Qadir said on Thursday afternoon that the Chinese government was eager to start uplift projects that will help the locals in the port city of Gwadar.

Declaring his optimism for the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a part of the Road and Belt Initiative, he maintained that the government’s will to finish the project- which has seen excessive delays since its inception – is apparent.

In an official statement, he said it was the government’s responsibility to identify the areas where Chinese could launch uplift projects for the local people of Gwadar.

“I foresee CPEC flourishing and becoming the center of attention in the coming days,” he added.

The senator stressed the significance of establishing industrial zones and mentioned that the Chinese government was all set to develop industrial zones. With the completion and functioning of industries, the local industries will too flourish, he hoped.

The government, Qadir said, can save billions spent on transportation if local industries are strengthened. He also underlined the need for the provision of special initiatives to assist the local industry.

“Special incentives to traders and investors, provision of power, water, and security will guarantee the success of the ongoing projects in Gwadar,” he contended.