UKPCCI to contribute £0.1m in ‘Dams Fund’

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LONDON: Pakistani diaspora particularly the business community has vowed to fully support the CPEC Projects and constructions of two dams in Pakistan which they termed as a crucial matter of life and death. The community leaders, while speaking at a reception hosted in honour of new office bearers of UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry by its outgoing president Ch, Mohammad Sadeeq at hisresidence,said that our country has given everything to us and now it is our turn and prime duty to come forward and serve our homeland. Ch. Sadeeq said that we shall use platforms of mosques and community centres to communicate the message related to these two huge projects. “The Chamber would contribute £0.1 million in damsfund and this amount would be collected by donations in mosques and centres. Newly elected president, Kamran Khan said that early implementation of the USD 50 billion CPEC projects will not only help realise the true potential ofthe economic relations of Pakistan and China, but also for the region. “Strengthening all-weather Pakistan-China strategic cooperative partnership is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy”’ he added. The two countries had launched the USD 50 billion CPEC in 2015 under which a network ofroads,railways and energy projects, linking China’sresourcerich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea, has been planned. The other speakers including Commercial Counsellor Raja Masood,Cllr. LiaquatAli,Ch. Shokat Ali, Sardar Shafqat Khan, Amjad Khan, Jehanzeb Anis, M. Sarwar said thatCPEC was a great opportunity to learn from the Chinese experience especially in socialsector, agriculture and other areas. He said that the agricultural output of the country, considered as the backbone of the economy, can be enhanced manifold by learning from Chinese expertise and employing latest technologies and efficient methods. They emphasised on the need to focus on early establishment of the Special Economic Zones in various parts ofthe country, which would help the local industry to grow through industrialisation and would also create huge employment opportunities for the youth.