Governor Sindh, Muhammad Zubair says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance significance of ports of Pakistan. Talking to the Chairman of the Port Qasim Authority, Agha Jan Akhtar in Karachi the Governor directed that steps be initiated on priority basis for expansion of Muhammad Bin Qasim Port and infrastructure development.   Agha Jan Akhtar informed the Governor that new terminals will be constructed at the port with collaboration of private sector to increase its capacity for handling cargo.

Topic: Chinese official proposes sharing expertise

A delegation of China Special Economic Zone Think Tank from Shenzhen, led by Director of Development Research Centre of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, Wu Sikang called on Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman. The purpose of the meeting was to explore avenues of collaboration in the field of technical and vocational education, particularly in intelligent manufacturing; intelligent education systems and robotics The minister welcomed the delegation and appreciated the interest of China in the development of the region.  Wu Sikang proposed that the academic and business community of Shenzhen would be more than happy to share the experiences and expertise in high-end technology with their counterparts in Pakistan.

Topic: Government allocates over rs400b for development of power sector-A new program 'Energy for All' is being introduced with an initial outlay of Rs12.5b.

According to official sources, a new program called 'Energy for All' is being introduced with an initial outlay of 12.5 billion rupees. Funds to the tune of 76.5 billion rupees have been allocated for the LNG based Balloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah power plants. These projects will be completed this year and produce twenty four hundred mega watts of electricity. Similarly, fifty four billion rupees have been earmarked for Dasu Hydro power project. 19.6 billion rupees have been apportioned for the completion of Neelum Jhelum hydro power project, which will add nine hundred and sixty nine mega watts of electricity. Furthermore, 1200 mega watt coal fired power plants will be installed in Jamshoro at allocated cost of 16.2 billion rupees.

Topic: CDWP clears Rs32.3b project for road upgrade

The government cleared Rs62 billion worth of seven new development projects including a scheme for the widening and upgrading of Jaglot-Skardu road at an estimated cost of Rs32.3 billion. Headed by Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) endorsed these projects. Four of them will be placed before the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) for final approval.The new road will provide connectivity between two important cities and give access to the people of Skardu along with opportunities emerging from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Topic:  Over 400 development schemes to be completed in GB by end of June

In Gilgit-Baltistan, over four hundred development schemes would be completed by the end of current month under Annual Development Program. A spokesman of Public Works Department says that these schemes are being implemented in ten districts of Gilgit Baltistan at a cost of more than eleven billion rupees. These schemes are related to administration, law enforcement, energy sector, Natural Resource Management, Social Work and PSDP sector. CDWP has the mandate to approve up to Rs3 billion worth of projects while schemes that have higher costs go to Ecnec for final nod.The CDWP recommended the widening and upgrading of Jaglot-Skardu road project to Ecnec for final approval.

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