Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) Newsletter

Air Quality Management News
Compiled by:
Saadullah Ayaz. Coordinator (Climate Change/ Clean Air Initiative), IUCN Pakistan
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July 2013 Issue

1.Chinese company show interest in Karachi’s Metro Bus
Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that a Chinese company has shown interest to launch metro mass transit project in Karachi which will provide cheap and speedy transport facility to the people.

2.ADB to provide support to Karachi mass transit

3.ADB team briefed about Karachi projects
KARACHI - Karachi Municipal Corporation Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that comprehensive studies about Karachi Mass Transport System and Water Drainage System have been conducted in the light of Master Plan 2020 and capacity of extensive cooperation with Asian Development Bank exists for implementation on these projects

4.KMC seeks ADB support on two key projects
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has sought support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the implementation of Karachi Mass Transit System and Water Drainage System. A delegation of ADB headed by ADB Director Urban Development and Water Division for Central and West Asia Anand Chiplunkar called on Administrator KMC Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi at Camp office and discussed the Master Plan 2020 of the city.

5.Zaidi seeks ADB coop for Mass Transportation project

6.Pak-China corridor, Lahore-Karachi motorway to prove game-changers
ISLAMABAD, July 17 (APP): The development projects committed under the eight memorandums of understanding signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s China visit and a ‘China Cell’ to be set up at the PM Office to oversee the projects being executed by the Chinese firms are hoped to give an impetus to the national economy. The bilteral agreements signed during the Prime Minister’s five-day visit encompass power and infrastructure development projects, including a trade corridor featuring 2000-kilometer road and rail link between Kashgar and Gwadar, construction of the Lahore-Karachi Motorway, besides technical and political cooperation between the two friendly states.

7.Universities to undertake projects to resolve environmental issues
Under facilitation of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistani higher education institutions are playing their pivotal role in resolving environmental issues in the country.

In this regard, collaboration with leading American and British universities has been established to undertake joint research projects throughout the country. Pollution in Pakistan is a major environmental and economic concern, growing hastily with the increase in population, mainly due to poor pollution management, public awareness and weak enforcement of the environmental policies.

8.Projects to resolve environmental issues

9.100 buses to be run from Karachi to interior Sindh
A hundred buses would be run between Karachi and five cities of Sindh under a new public-private transport scheme thought up by the Sindh government.

10.Trade corridor from Khunjerab-Gwadar to open economic avenues
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said the “National Economic Corridor” between Pakistan and China from Khunjerab to Gwadar will open new avenues in trade and economy between the two countries. Talking to PTV from Beijing, he said that the government will expand ties with China on economic grounds and trade corridor between two countries will open new vistas for development in the region. Federal Minister said China will assist Pakistan for converting oil based power plants to coal based plants. He stated that Pakistan will complete feasibility reports of all developmental projects within one year’s time and these projects will start benefiting masses with in 1-2 years.

11.Nawaz’s China Visit: trade corridor top MoU bonanza
BEIJING: Pakistan and China on Friday signed a bonanza of agreements, including one on a long-term economic corridor, capping a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in the Chinese capital. The 2,000-kilometre road and rail link connecting the northwestern city of Kashgar to Gwadar port was among eight pacts inked by the two countries. The corridor is expected to cost around $18 billion. Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal inked the pact from the Pakistani side while the chairman of the National Development and Reforms Commission signed it from the Chinese side, as Premier Li reiterated his country’s strategic interest in the project.

12.Pak-China trade corridor to benefit about 3 bln people in region: PM
ISLAMABAD, June 29 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said that the envisaged Pak-China Trade Corridor would open vistas of development and prosperity to about 3 billion people inhabiting this region. During his interaction with the visiting Chinese media delegation, the Prime Minister said that both the countries enjoyed deep ties in all fields and spheres. “We will pursue cooperation in all spheres of national activity; we have cooperation in the strategic and economic fields and of course, there is great potential. Pakistan and China have to extend this economic cooperation and collaboration into the Central Asia countries and into the SAARC countries, of course with the SAARC, where Pakistan is also a member,” he opined.

13.Chinese, Pakistan scholars discuss Economic Corridor impact

14.Pakistan, China committed to establish trade corridor: Pervaiz Rashid
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday said Pakistan and China were committed to establish a trade corridor for enhancing their trade ties.

He hoped that agreements would be signed by the two countries on the basis of exiting memorandums of understanding for developing infrastructure, energy and education sectors.

15.Sharif chairs high-level meeting
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday stressed for establishing state of the art fast moving railway tracks and expressway to connect China with Pakistan through Khunjrab, Gwadar and Karachi, which he said, will usher in a new era of economic prosperity for both the countries and entire region.

16.PM’s visit to open Pak-China trade corridor: Pervaiz

17.Pakistan‚ China to establish trade corridor: Pervaiz Rashid
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said Pakistan and China are committed to establish a trade corridor to help promote business between the nations. In an interview, he expressed the hope that existing MoUs between Pakistan and China in the fields of developing infrastructure‚ energy‚ and education will now turn into agreements.

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