BEIJING (APP) - The first meeting of China-Pakistan Joint Energy Working Group (JEWG) was held here on Tuesday.
Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar led the Pakistani delegation, while Qian Zhimin, Deputy Administrator of National Energy Administration (NEA) of the National Development Reform Commission of China, led the Chinese side in the largely attended JEWG meeting.
The federal minister said that Pakistan has always been proud of having extremely friendly and strong ties with China.
He said the signing of an MoU on 17th December 2010, pursuant to which we are conducting the 1st China-Pakistan JEWG meeting, is a clear evidence of the brotherly relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
Qamar said the Government of Pakistan has always encouraged and welcomed participation of Chinese entrepreneurs, investors, and manufacturing companies to participate in the development of all sectors of the countrys economy especially in the power sector.
He pointed out that Pakistans power sector has never been a new area for Chinese entrepreneurs, investors and power sector companies.
The minister expressed the hope that at the platform of JEWG, the energy sector experts of both Pakistan and China would mutually deliberate upon latest energy developments and utilization practices, exchange views on matters of mutual interest, explore the specific energy projects and appropriate approaches to cooperate with each other in energy related issues.
He said during the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Pakistan in December last year, various important decisions were taken to enhance cooperation between the two countries.
The minister lauded the efforts of NEA in enhancing bilateral energy cooperation between the two countries.
The meeting deliberated upon possible avenues of Pakistan-China cooperation in following projects: Neelum Jehlum, Khan Khwar, Debai Khwar, Allai Khwar, Jinnah, Satpara, Darawat, Kohala, Gomalzam, Bunji, raising of Mangla Dam, Ghabir, Nai Gaj, Naulong, Diamer-Bhasha, Matiltan, Suki Kinari, Kotli, Madian, Sindh-Engro Coal Mining and Power Project, Sonda Jherruk Coal project, AES import and coal project, Nandipur thermal power and Chichuki Malian thermal project, besides a host of alternate energy projects.
Later, addressing a press conference at the Pakistan Embassy, Qamar said that to remove bottlenecks and for the implementation of energy projects on fast-track basis a 'Green Channel would be introduced specifically for the Chinese companies.
He said that the 1st JEWG meeting was very successful and it will be held periodically in both the countries.
He said hurdles in implementation of any project would be removed by streamlining official channels.
The JEWG meeting discussed all energy generation projects and their financing, he noted.
To a question about Indian concerns on various hydro power projects of Pakistan, the minister said that it is very clear that Pakistani projects are being built on lower riparian.
He said if Pakistan or India have any complaint they can use the channel of Indus Water Treaty to which both the countries are signatories.
Moreover, Qamar said there is also an international arbitration channel for this purpose.
He said that around 80 per cent energy projects in Pakistan are being implemented with Chinese assistance.
Addressing a reception at Pakistan House that was also attended among others by Deputy Administrator NEA Qian Zhimin, Qamar said that China is the only country that can help Pakistan.