Pakistan accords great importance to CPEC: PM

Pak-China friendship transforms into economic partnership: PM

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OUR CORRESPONDENT
ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Thursday said that promotion of manufacturing sector and business activities in the country was the top priority of the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf’s (PTI) government. Talking to the representatives of business community in Islamabad, PM Imran stressed the need for effective collaboration between the government and business community to overcome economic difficulties and stabilize the economy. On the occasion, the traders’ representatives assured the prime minister that business community stood by the government in the process of economic reforms. They extended their full support to the government to carry forward the process. They also presented recommendations regarding ongoing economic reforms by the government. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Pakistan accorded great importance to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and all the efforts were being made to further streamline and improve coordination at all levels, especially when the CPEC project had entered into its second phase with inclusion of critical areas such as agriculture and socio-economic development. Prime minister has expressed satisfaction about all-weather and timetested Pak-China friendship saying it is transforming into a robust economic partnership. Talking to a Chinese delegation led by Zhao Baige in Islamabad on Thursday, he said Pakistan accords great importance to CPEC and all efforts are being made to further streamline and improve coordination at all levels especially when the CPEC project has entered into its second phase with inclusion of critical areas such as agriculture, socioeconomic development etc. He said that Pakistan wants to learn from Chinese experience and expertise in different sectors. He said that a special cell is being established at Prime Minister’s Office to ensure seamless coordination between businesses of public and private sectors. Zhao, in her remarks, said that China will continue extending all possible cooperation to Pakistan in areas such as agriculture, health, housing and socio-economic development. Prime Minister Imran Khan has also called upon the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to devise a policy in consultation with National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) to exploit the tourism potential of the valley. Chairing a meeting to discuss various development projects of AJK here at the Prime Minister Office, he said the AJK had immense potential to attract foreign and local tourists, for which a proper strategy needed to be in-place.

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