Photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019 shows a view of the expressway section of the Karakorum Highway (KKH) project phase two in Pakistan. (Xinhua/Liu Tian)
Rejecting "false impression" of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being slowed down, Pakistani official said the pace of work on CPEC projects picked up recently and a great deal of ground work has also been done to launch the second phase.
ISLAMABAD, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan dispelled on Wednesday the "false impression" that the multi-billion-USD China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being slowed down.
"Some detractors giving the false impression of CPEC being slowed. Not only pace of work on projects picked up recently, a great deal ground work also done to launch phase-2," Chairman of the CPEC Authority in Pakistan Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Twitter.
Trains of the metro train service are seen at a terminal station in Lahore, Pakistan, on Dec. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Liu Tian)
Bajwa, who is also the special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, said that the scope of CPEC has actually been enhanced as work on hydropower projects, special economic zones (SEZs) and agriculture is also being done.
The Pakistan Economic Survey 2019-20, the country's annual economic survey, has said that nine SEZs will be established under the CPEC portfolio, which will create tremendous job opportunities and technological transformation.
Work on CPEC projects, with the help of China, is in full swing, said the economic survey.■