Chairman CPEC Authority Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa on Thursday said all-out efforts are being made to speed up industrialization under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Promotion of industry is a key target for CPEC which is imperative for economic development, revenue enhancement, and job creation, he said.

Asim Saleem Bajwa said private investors would be encouraged for joint ventures; however, the maximum focus would be on the industries that could support import substitution or boost exports.
This he said while talking to a delegation of leading industrialists of Islamabad led by President ICCI Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan. President Islamabad Industrial Association (IIA) Tariq Sadiq, Senior Vice President IIA Omais Khattak, Khalid Javed, Sheikh Amir Waheed, Chief Coordinator IAA Malik Sohail Hussain, were also present at the occasion.

He said that the demand of the industrial community of Islamabad will be considered and a new industrial estate will be established for them after studying their proposal in detail.

Earlier KhKhalid Javed, a noted industrialist, apprised Asim Saleem Bajwa of the problems confronted by their community. He said that there are no plots left in the Islamabad industrial area which is hampering expansion and new investments.

Therefore, he said, a new industrial estate should be established on the CPEC route at Hakla D.I Khan Motorway so that new industrial units could be established there as land is already available there.

Tariq Sadiq said that we have identified a site at Hakla D.I Khan Motorway while CDA and RDA are also in process of studying the proposals.
Asim Saleem Bajwa informed that CPEC Authority is already studying a proposal regarding establishing Special Economic Zone in Islamabad and if found feasible, an industrial zone would be established to fulfill the demand of industrialists of Islamabad.

He informed that the government has allocated Rs87 billion in the upcoming budget for the execution of CPEC projects and we are expecting increased Chinese investments.

Bajwa said China was also cooperating with Pakistan in the agriculture sector and supporting cotton seed development while many Chinese investors are keen to invest in modern corporate farming.
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