ISLAMABAD: A five-member delegation of the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), led by its Chairman Wang Yitong, on Thursday called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s office.
Congratulating Nawaz on assuming the office of the prime minister, Wang told him that his company was one of the 500 largest state-owned enterprises in terms of assets and revenue and dealt in various areas, including petroleum, mining, engineering and infrastructure projects.
He further informed the premier that after the successful visit of their Premier Li Keqiang to Pakistan, they enjoyed special support of the Chinese government and leadership to boost business relations between the two friendly countries and undertake projects in Pakistan.
Nawaz recalled that he had very fruitful talks with the Chinese premier and said the visit of Norinco testified to the fact that these relations were being solidified, strengthened and expanded.
He said Pakistan was experiencing a severe power shortage and invited Norinco to install solar power plants in Pakistan. “We have vast areas in Balochistan and South Punjab which have sunshine round the year and there is ample land available for installation of solar power plants in Pakistan,” the premier told the Norinco head.
He also discussed the possibility of installation of solar energy plants in Balochistan where the population is thin, scattered and at distances.“This will help save laying of transmission lines, which have a prohibitive cost,” he added. He also offered Norinco to look into mining and setting up coal power plants at sites in Thar, Balochistan and Punjab where coal is available.
“The work on the mining and setting up of thermal power plants can be carried out simultaneously so that power can be produced as quickly as possible,” he suggested. He also offered Norinco to look into the exploration of iron ore in the country. He further discussed the possibilities of projects for running underground trains in Karachi, Lahore and twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad in order to facilitate commuters in these cities.
The chairman Norinco said his company was keen to take up projects in Pakistan. In this connection, the chairman informed him that on his return to China, he would immediately dispatch his team of experts to Pakistan to initiate discussions and take these ideas forward.
The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Punjab Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office.