CPEC Projects Affected Due to the Global Epidemic & Security

The Consul General of China in Karachi, Li Bjian, said that some projects of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have been affected to some extent, the main reason is the global coronavirus outbreak because it hit the supply, production and the value chain was significantly affected. The Chinese consul general said that the information in this regard is incorrect, he tried to carry on the work in all sectors.

At the same time, he also stated that the reason for the delay in the projects was not a political issue, but the main reason was the global epidemic and the second was the issue of security.

The Chinese consul general said some projects were blocked due to changes in Pakistani policies, which worried Chinese investors and the CPEC project implementation team.

However, he said that although we are facing some problems, we will solve them and are working on them as a matter of priority.

He said the Pakistani and Chinese teams are working hard and fast on these projects.

The Chinese Consul General said he was grateful to the federal and provincial governments of Pakistan for developing an integrated security plan to protect security, especially CPEC projects.

He said there is now a security mechanism and if I speak generally, the security situation in Karachi has greatly improved thanks to the efforts of the federal and provincial government.

It is believed that in September 2021, while chairing the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development during the previous government’s term, committee chairman Saleem Mandviwala said that China was dissatisfied with the pace of work on the CPEC.

The committee also expressed regret that Chinese companies have expressed their dissatisfaction with the unsatisfactory performance of the CPEC over the past 3 years.

Along with this, then CPEC’s prime minister’s special assistant Khalid Mansoor also argued Saleem Mandwiwala that Chinese companies are dissatisfied with government institutions and the speed of their work.

However, at the same time, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar dismissed the impression that work on CPEC projects had slowed down over the past three years and said that work on several corridor projects had been completed during the government’s mandate. PTI.

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