ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal Friday said the Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer for Pakistan as it would usher in a new era for progress and prosperity in the country.

He was chairing a preparatory meeting of the Transport Group of CPEC here, which was attended by officials from ministries of Planning, Development and Reforms, Commerce, Railways and Ports & Shipping.

He said, “Projects like Karakorum Highway, Karachi-Lahore Motorway, Peshawar Karachi Railway Line and Gawadar port will mark beginning of a new era of development in Pakistan, which will create thousands of jobs and contribute towards promoting new business opportunities”.

He further said that beginning of such mega projects marked confidence of China in stability and development of Pakistan. “The agenda of PML-N government is economic transformation of Pakistan and our goal is to make it a hub of trade and commerce in the region. The corridor holds a pivotal role in this vision”, he added. The minister emphasized on speedy work on the projects and early completion of groundwork to make meeting of Transport Group in Beijing on Aug 20-21 productive.