Pledging to further deepen Pak-China Ties, PM to embark three-day visit to China next month

PM approves 7th Population & housing census

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is paying a three-day visit to China from 3rd of next month to attend the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics Games, Beijing 2022 at the invitation of Chinese leadership.

This was confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad. The spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan, during his visit, will also have interaction with the Chinese leadership to further strengthen Pakistan-China all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and to exchange views on regional and international issues. The Spokesperson said Pakistan looks forward to the successful Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Asim Iftikhar said Pakistan welcomes the Global Development Initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a timely and good intention step to facilitate implementation of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. He noted it will help promote international cooperation required to overcome the triple challenge faced by the world including Covid-19, related economic crisis and climate change.

The Spokesperson said the Global Development Initiative will open up new avenues of collaboration with developing countries in support of their post pandemic economic recovery as well as long term sustainable growth. He said Pakistan and China are strong development partners and we look forward to further strengthen this partnership under China’s Global Development Initiative. Meanwhile, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) during its 49th meeting held in Islamabad Thursday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in chair approved the conduct of 7th Population and Housing Census as well as the establishment of “Census Monitoring Committee”.

The committee will be chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, all Provincial Chief Secretaries, Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and other senior officials.

The committee will oversee and monitor the census activities to ensure expeditious, transparent and credible census operations, a press release issued by the PM Media Office here said.

As per recommendations of the Census Advisory Committee, the CCI decided to conduct the 7th Census adopting international best practices, using digital technology and GIS monitoring system. It was apprised that Housing Census would be conducted before the Population Census.

While welcoming the Chief Ministers, the Prime Minister stated that frequency of CCI meetings can be increased as per demands of the provinces.

He congratulated the CCI members on the establishment of CCI’s permanent secretariat and stated that it manifested a collaborative spirit between the Federal and Provincial governments.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the federal government was fully committed to resolve national issues in consultation with all federating units and stakeholders.

He further emphasized that the government wanted to have a credible census data that can be used for initiating policies and projects for the welfare of citizens.

The meeting approved Annual Report of CCI for the Fiscal Year 2020-21. It was informed that a total of 6 meetings were conducted during the FY 2020-21 during which 21 agenda items were considered with 13 decisions implemented and 06 decisions under process.

While discussing the implementation status of previous decisions, the CCI was informed that an independent CCI Secretariat has been established with a budget of Rs. 110.928 million.

An independent Secretariat will facilitate effective coordination between the Federal and Provincial governments.

The CCI also decided that additional water requirements for Karachi would be discussed by the committee formed to reconcile views of the provinces at the political and technical levels and issues related to water. Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the National Security Policy 2022-2026 Friday which articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and seeking a secure and economically resilient Pakistan.

The prime minister will launch the public version of the otherwise classified NSP which is the first national security policy document of Pakistan.

The policy emphasizes a geo-economic vision to supplement the focus on geostrategy and highlights that the foremost aim of Pakistan’s foreign policy and military capability was peace and stability in the region and beyond, based on mutual respect and sovereign equality.

The formulation process of the policy includes multiple consultations with official stakeholders and input from over 600 individuals, including national security experts.

“Our national security thinking seeks to identify means of expanding economic resources such that Pakistan can simultaneously strengthen its traditional and non-traditional security,” said National Security Adviser to PM Dr Moeed Yusuf.

The main themes of the NSP are national cohesion, securing an economic future, defence and territorial integrity, internal security, foreign policy in a changing world and human security.

 

The policy is aimed at addressing three critical economic challenges, external imbalance, socio-economic inequalities, and geographic disparities between developed and under-developed regions of Pakistan.

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