Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has asked the National Logistic Cell (NLC) to develop a logistics master plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) so that there could be maximum benefit from it. While chairing the 59th meeting of the National Logistic Board (NLB held by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms. Ahsan suggested that the Ministry of Law prepare a database for the public sector projects, which are getting delayed due to litigation’s.
The minister emphasized on the role of the NLC for the government. CPEC would open new avenues of growth in various sectors which includes logistics for which short, medium and long term planning was very important. Ahsan also added that NLC should align with the development portfolio by seeing the future requirements of the country in logistics. Organizations were directed to explore the opportunities on the western route of CPEC especially in areas like Dera Ismail Khan, Gwadar, Ratodero and Sukkur. He added that, “NLC should conduct a study to explore potential avenues on the corridor for its future growth.”
The minister also stressed on building iconic buildings in Islamabad like the CPEC Tower to attract people to business. The Pakistani side of the Khunjerab pass needed structures as well for tourism and business which are based on Pakistan’s architecture.
The road, railways, shipping industry and NLC should all complement one another instead of focusing on competition.