ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said China was a time-tested friend of Pakistan that understood its needs and had always been there to assist it in meeting them.
He was chairing a meeting that finalized the preparations of the upcoming 3rd meeting of the Joint China Commission (JCC) at the PM’s House here.
The meeting reviewed the agenda of the 3rd JCC meeting scheduled to take place in Beijing this week. A Pakistani delegation, comprising federal minister for planning, chief ministers of Punjab and Balochistan and senior government officials will attend the meeting.
The Prime Minister was informed that the meeting would focus on infrastructure development and energy related projects.
He appreciated the Chinese support for Pakistan, besides lauding his energy and economic teams on obtaining approval of the Chinese government for putting power projects.
He said the projects, approved during the Joint Working Group meeting held earlier this month, would have the generation capacity of 10,400 MW on first priority list and emphasized that steps should be taken to ensure their timely completion.
The meeting also reviewed progress on the decisions taken in the previous preparatory meeting held last week.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Secretary Water and Power, Secretary Planning and Chairman NHA attended the meeting,in addition to other senior officers.