CPEC projects moving forward despite COVID-19: Asim Bajwa

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Chairman of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA), Asim Saleem Bajwa said that in face of the novel coronavirus, all CPEC projects have been moving forward, bringing hope for a future of peace and economic growth.

Speaking at the 11th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (IIICF) Chairman of the CPEC Authority said that the CPEC was a major pilot project of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Over the past five years, there were 22 construction projects under the framework of CPEC, covering roads, railways, airports, thermal power, hydropower, renewable energy, Gwadar Port, special economic zones and other areas.

He said that infrastructure investment and construction would be a key to reviving the jobs market and national economies.

“Under CPEC, no project has been suspended for construction, and no worker has been laid off,” he told the gathering via video from Islamabad.

Later at the forum, Moin ul Haque, Pakistan’s ambassador to China, invited members of the audience to applaud Chinese officials who made it possible for projects such as Lahore’s Orange Metro Line subway system to be completed.

The 11th IIICF brings together ambassadors from 32 countries, senior executives from over 20 financial institutions, and representatives of top contractors and engineering equipment companies, international consulting firms, and engineering and construction services.

More than 1,000 people attended the first day of the conference -the largest public event in Macao so far this year.