ISLAMABAD -  The two-day meeting of 7th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) between the two countries will kick off here on Monday (today).

Ministry of Planning and Development spokesman Asim Khan on Sunday said that on the inaugural day, high officials from both countries would not only review progress on various projects being carried out under the umbrella of CPEC but also finalise proposals regarding future projects.

He said that Secretary for Planning Commission Shoaib Saddiqui and his Chinese counterpart would jointly preside over the meeting and it would finalise agenda for the 7th JCC meeting. The formal meeting of 7th JCC would be held on November 21, the spokesman said.

He said that the 7th JCC meeting would jointly be presided over by Minister for Planning Commission Ahsan Iqbal and his Chinese counterpart.The JCC would give approval to joint projects under CPEC for future. 

He said that the meeting would further deepen mutual cooperation between the two countries under the framework of CPEC and would pave a way for Pakistan to enter the phase of industrial cooperation. 

The JCC is the apex decision-making forum on the CPEC which is jointly chaired by the Planning and Development Minister and the Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission of China.

‘CPEC TO MAKE FUTURE BRIGHT’

Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan on Sunday said that future of the country would be bright due to CPEC projects.

The credit of launching CPEC goes to the PML-N government and the coming generations would benefit from the mega project.

He expressed these views while performing ground-breaking ceremony of a road project worth Rs 27 million, from Basti Nau to Bahadar Chowk in Multan.

Bosan said that the PML-N was united and those who were spreading rumours would get nothing. The opponents wanted to hinder the journey of progress, he said.

The PML-N strongly believed in service to masses and it would continue its mission, he added.

About future politics of Gilani family in Multan, he said that it would be a miracle if any member of the Gilani family would win a seat from Multan district. He said masses had rejected PPP due to its corruption. Bosan said that the PML-N had carried out record development in South Punjab including network of roads in the region. On this occasion, Rana Tahir Razzaq, Rana Waheed Mustufa, Malik Mushtaq Kalroo and other notables were also present.

CGS MEETS CHINESE ARMY CHIEF

Pakistan Army's Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar met Li Zuocheng, member of the Central Military Commission and Chief of Staff of the Joint Military Staff Office of the Central Military Commission, at the Bayi Military Building in Beijing on Saturday.

Li said that Chinese President Xi Jinping elaborated on China's advocacy and efforts to build a common prosperity for human community, in the report to the 19th Chinese National Congress.

In the face of the complicated and volatile regional security situation, China is committed to forging a common community of destiny for Pakistan and firmly supporting the construction of Pakistani nation and Army, he added.

In accordance with the important consensus reached between President Xi and Pakistani leaders, the Chinese Army will continue close communication with Pakistan, deepen exchange and cooperation in various fields such as training and equipment, jointly combating terrorism, safeguard common interests and safeguard regional security and stability, he said.

Lt Gen Akbar said that the 19th Session of the Chinese Communist Party has mapped out a clear roadmap for China's future development and prosperity.

Pakistan is willing to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with China, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and jointly cope with regional security challenges, he added.

He believed that under the wise leadership of President Xi, all major construction projects in China will surely make new great achievements.