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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited Chinese companies to expand and diversify investment in power sector by participating in the process of setting up transmission lines and local coal generation projects.

He was talking to a Chinese delegation headed by Chairman National Energy Administration Nur Bekri in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is fully committed to the timely and effective implementation of all projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Nawaz Sharif said that 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.'

He said we are happy that our pledge with the people of Pakistan to end power shortages is being honored.

On bilateral relations, 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.

The Prime Minister said that both the countries are working for the prosperity of the people of the region through joint economic and development efforts.  He said Pakistan shares the Chinese vision of regional and global economic integration through strengthening connectivity.

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.

Nur Bekri, said that National Energy Administration of China is rigorously executing energy projects in Pakistan. Appreciating the development vision of the present government in Pakistan, the Chairman said that National Energy Administration, China is committed to complete the on-going energy projects in Pakistan within stipulated time lines.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Water and Power Muhammad Asif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other senior officials.


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