One million work force to be required for 12 industrial zones being set up: CM

Jam Kamal says Govt. wants to prepare skilled manpower as per emerging requirements; believes three percent share in 1230 megawatt power project to be transferred to province soon

The Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan has stated that as many as 12 Industrial Zones are being set up in the province for which one million labour force would be required.

The government wants to prepare the skilled manpower according to the requirements of the industrial zones and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the province.

More training institutes are also being established in addition to make the existing training centers more effective.

This and similar views were expressed by the Chief Minister while talking to the Chief Executive Officer of HUBCO, Khalid Mansoor, Chief Executive Officer of China Power Company, Mr. Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of HUBCO Power Holding Limited, Rohail Muhammad and other high ups of the companies, who called on him here on Thursday.

Also present in the meeting were Provincial Minister for Finance, Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, Mubin Khan Khilji, special Assistant to Chief Minister, Ejaz Ahmed Sanjrani, Chief Secretary, Fazeel Asghar, and secretaries of various concerned departments.

During the meeting, implementation on the agreement reached between the provincial government and companies for the 1230 megawatt coal power project set up in collaboration with the HUBCO and China Power Company was reviewed.

Under the agreement, the Balochistan government is partner of three percent in profits of the project.

It may be mentioned here that HUBCO and China Power company has made investment of some 2billion US dollars in the Gadani power plant project as also informed by the CEO Khalid Mansoor during the meeting.

The Chief Minister on the occasion expressed the confidence that transfer of three percent share of the province would be started to the provincial government very soon.

He mentioned that the Gadani power plant is included in the priority projects of the CPEC and efforts of the provincial governments are also included in execution of the project following which it was added in the CPEC projects.

Jam Kamal Khan stressed on the company high ups to provide cooperation in the skill development sector in the province besides giving priority to the trained local manpower in jobs.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the province has immense potential of development in the energy resources and mining and coastal sectors.

He said that the oil and gas exploration work is continued in six zones of the province in which there are also included block 28.

He said that the province is most suitable region to invest in these sectors and as such the international investment companies can invest here.