Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized on constructing a corridor to leverage its geo-strategic environment for economic gains and integrate the entire region into a big regional market.
He was speaking at a public talk titled "CPEC: A Catalyst for the Economic Development of Pakistan" in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Elaborating the Vision 2025, the Minister said it is time for Pakistan to move away from geo-politics to geo-economics. He recalled that the government was charting an initial roadmap for CPEC and it faced two bottlenecks at that time, which were energy-power crisis and the road and rail infrastructure fragility. He said these issues have largely been addressed to kick start industrialization in the country.
Ahsan Iqbal said the government is taking viable steps to finish the transmission line between Panjgur and Turbat to end power shortage in Gwadar.