China on Tuesday urged Pakistan to ensure foolproof security to Chinese workers engaged in different projects under the CPEC. This was conveyed by Vice Administrator of Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA), Li Fanrong at a meeting with the Federal Minister for Water and Power and Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif to review progress of CPEC energy projects. Members of Chinese delegation were also present during the meeting.
Khawaja Asif welcomed the Vice Administrator of NEA and his delegation and said that Pakistan attaches special importance to China and highly values its relations with China; he added that the two countries have assisted each other in difficult times. Li stated that CPEC energy projects are progressing well under the leadership of Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Water and Power.
“Our aim is to complete all the energy projects in their given timeframe and to benefit Pakistani people by fulfilling electricity needs by 2018,” added Li.
He said that for the timely completion of the projects it is of utmost importance that the bottlenecks be removed and the Chinese workers in Pakistan on different projects under CPEC should be provided full security.
An official told Business Recorder that the Chinese are annoyed at the undue delay in determination of tariff for the transmission lines to be constructed from Matiari (Sindh) to Lahore and Faisalabad, two key load centres.
Ministry of Water and Power, according to the official, has conveyed to the regulator that investors need better return on their investment during initial years but this point is not being taken care of by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority.
Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif appreciated NEA efforts and said that CPEC covered a lot of ground in a short period of time owing to the effective and efficient working of NEA and assured NEA that all issues and bottlenecks impeding the energy projects will be removed to ensure smooth implementation and timely completion of the projects.
“All relevant Ministries will be contacted and issues pertaining to them will be discussed and resolved,” added the Minister.
Khawaja Asif further stated that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety and security of Chinese workers engaged in different CPEC projects.