MIRPUR, Jan 29 (APP):Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan said Monday that the Gawadar Port
will be the gateway for economic development of the region.
The President made these remarks in a statement issued on Monday on the International Gawadar Expo
Masood said under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
the country will enter a new phase of economic development and will be a key
player in the economic transformation of the region. CPEC is not only a
connectivity road but brings with it major development projects focusing on
power generation, the establishment of industrial zones, technical cooperation
in the fields of agriculture, banking, and science and technology.
He added that CPEC would help generating employment and
prosperity for the people of the country. Under this initiative, he said, the
vision of One Belt One road would become a reality helping establish Pakistan’s
economic linkages with Central Asian States.
The President thanked the Chinese companies and Government for
prioritizing development projects in Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
The President informed that AJK had now become a formal part of
the CPEC and major development projects had been earmarked for completion. He
said that under the auspices of CPEC Kohala Hydropower Project, Karot
Hydropower Project were under completion. He added that a state of the art
Industrial Zone would be established in Mirpur which would be connected to the
main CPEC route at Mansehra through an Expressway. The Expressway will connect
major districts of the state with the country helping to provide modern
connectivity and logistic support to industries within AJK.
The President invited investors to explore avenues in the
developing economic landscape of the state. He said Azad Kashmir has rich
deposits of minerals like granite, phosphate, graphite, bentonite, bauxite,
gold and coal, in varying quantities, along with some of the finest reserves of
ruby, sapphire, topaz and tourmaline. Through research, enterprise, use of
sophisticated machinery and public-private partnerships, minerals can be
extracted through modern means to gain maximum output, he said.
The President told that in the next 10 years, AJK is planning to
generate 8000 MW of electricity out of which 3000 MW projects are under
different phases of implementation and planning.
President Masood Khan said that we are focusing on developing skilled
human resource to meet the challenges of the growing job market and employment
opportunities to be generated under CPEC and other development projects.