Pledging deepen cooperation, PM to pay four-day visit to China today

Gov’t promoting small, medium businesses to improve financial conditions of middle, poor segments: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the special invitation of the Chinese leadership, will visit China from February 3 to 6, the Foreign Office said Wednesday.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China from February 3-6 to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games,” the Foreign Office said in a statement issued ahead of the visit.

The prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including members of the cabinet and senior government officials. Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday expressed the confidence that his visit to China on Thursday would take the strong bilateral relations between the two countries to new heights.

He expressed these views while chairing a high-level meeting ahead of his upcoming four-day visit to China.

The prime minister was given a detailed briefing on projects related to China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Special Economic Zones, trade, information technology, and agriculture. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said that the government was promoting small and medium businesses to improve the financial conditions of the middle and poor segments of society.

He said the government was also implementing long-term policies to promote industries and boost exports. The prime minister expressed these views during a meeting with the delegation of prominent industrialists and businessmen. The prime minister said the government was cognizant of the impacts of the global price hike upon the people and all steps were being taken to save the common man from the effects of the price increase. He also stressed upon the industrialists and businessmen to support the government in its efforts to provide relief to the common man. During the meeting, it was agreed to increase the maximum monthly wages of the workers. Further, to another official commitment, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government was making efforts to improve the power transmission system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa besides reducing the line losses and curbing power theft.

The prime minister, in a meeting to discuss the matters pertaining to the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO), said the government institutions were bound to facilitate the people and address their problems on priority.

The prime minister had taken the notice of complaints by the parliamentarians from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the PESCO.

He said the government was also ensuring the merit and transparency in the recruitment process of the institutions to achieve desired results.

During the meeting, the prime minister was apprised of the power outage and its monitoring system, measures to curb power theft and shortage of manpower in PESCO as well as the new recruitment process.

The participants of the meeting were told that the government had formulated a comprehensive power transmission plan to reduce line losses which would also help overcome the shortage. Moreover, the steps to curb the power theft were also being taken on priority, it was told.

It was also told that a transparent recruitment process was also being carried out to address the shortage of manpower.

Moreover, a digital system was also being introduced to monitor the load-shedding at every feeder which would also address the issue of unannounced power outages.

The prime minister instructed for resolution of the issues within the given timeframe by enhancing coordination between the federal and provincial departments.

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