HUB: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated 1,320 megawatt China Hub Power Plant, the first joint project of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“I would like the coal from Tharparkar to be used as most of the fuel for the power plant so that we do not have to import fuel, which increases current account deficit,” Imran Khan said while addressing the inaugural ceremony in Hub.
Pakistan had the tremendous potential to generate electricity from water as well, he said adding that in the past, work was not done on generating electricity from gas, while we had huge gas reserves.
He said when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf came into power, Pakistan had 30 billion dollar trade deficit. He expressed delight on inauguration of the first joint project of the CPEC.
“Several Chinese companies are eager to invest in Pakistan. We have made much progress in creating ease of doing business. Until we control corruption, investment would not come from abroad,” he said.
Chairman of a company that had worked in Reko Diq told me that Pakistan had the largest gold reserves in the world, said Imran Khan.
“We are introducing new techniques for our farmers also which will multiply growth of crops,” he said.
The Prime Minister said we have to give clean governance to our country for the future generations. Imran Khan said we are committed to mobilize the youth of the country for national development. He said youth are the biggest asset of Pakistan and government will give them skills training to work in various sectors. He said centers of artificial intelligence, robotics and other modern fields are being opened to prepare our youth for the modern work requirements.
Earlier, in his address Balochistan Chief Minister Jamal Kamal said investment worth billions of dollars in the province will change the outlook of Balochistan. He said Balochistan will become a hub of investment in the coming days.
Jam Kamal Khan said Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking special interest in development of Balochistan.
He said it is an unexploited province and is the only place in Pakistan that can boost the economic frontiers of the country in the coming years. The Chief Minister said Balochistan is endowed with rich mineral resources that are largely untapped and investors can take advantage of these assets.
Earlier, while talking to the elected members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Karachi, PM Imran Khan on Monday said the government was fully alive to the issues of solid waste management, water supply, cleanliness and transport in Karachi.
“The federal government will fully contribute for development in Karachi and solution of problems being faced by the people of the city,” Imran Khan said.
The prime minister said the local government system in Karachi would help resolve the problems at grass roots level.
He said our government was inherited with the huge economic deficit in the history but now economic situation had improved visibly. He said Karachi was the financial hub of the government.