Pakistan’s future bright under PM Imran’s leadership, says Yao Jing
ISLAMABAD (News Desk): Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday in Islamabad on Tuesday. During the meeting, Chinese Ambassador conveyed the best wishes of President Xi Jinping to Imran Khan on his forthcoming birthday. The Prime Minister asked the Ambassador to convey his thanks to the Chinese President. In a message to the prime minister, the Chinese president reiterated to work together in the future, adding that the friendship between China and Pakistan is as strong as a rock. PM Imran Khan also reaffirmed Pakistan s commitment to further strengthening the All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership with China.
Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan s resolve to complete ongoing projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor which will contribute substantially to Pakistan s development and prosperity. Earlier, while chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad to review progress on incentives being offered for attracting investments in the industrial sector and relocating units to Pakistan, the prime minister directed to fast-track provision of utilities to Special Economic Zones for facilitation of potential investors in investments and establishment of industries. He said basic utilities like electricity, gas and road access should be provided to SEZs on priority basis.
The PM also directed Finance, Planning and Commerce Divisions and the Board of Investment to peruse successful investment models of regional countries so as to offer best facilities and incentives to the investors. He underlined that Pakistan is now on the right track of economic growth and in order to attract investments, the government will provide incentives to potential investors along with ease of doing business.
The meeting was briefed that SEZs in Pakistan have great potential for attracting investments particularly the Chinese companies. It was also apprised that China has evinced keen interest in various Pakistani products which will improve trade balance between the two countries. The meeting was informed that CPEC remains the top-most priority of the Government and infrastructure development, energy and communication sectors have been earmarked for attracting investments.
It was apprised that Chinese and Russian companies have shown interest in the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills and their offers are being evaluated. Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing Tuesday said Pakistan and China enjoy strong brotherly relations and living here he feels like a Pakistani not a foreigner. Addressing the award ceremony of Pakistani students Poetry, Essay and Skit/Dialogue Competition, he said, it was an honor for both Pakistan and China to enjoy such exemplary and strong bilateral ties and being here feels like to be at my home.
The Competition “Journey of Friendship: Celebrating the many facets of Pakistan-China Relations” was organized by China Cultural Center in Pakistan in collaboration with All Pakistan China Friendship Association (APCFA) to commemorate 70 years of the founding of People’s Republic of China. “I am very convinced that Pakistan was on the right path and its future is bright. Similarly, our friendship has potential to grow further and cement in coming days,” he stated. “We are celebrating seven decades of Sino-Pak friendship and hope that our youth would carry forward this relationship in decades to come.”
Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China /Director of China Cultural Center in Pakistan and Deputy Director China Cultural Center Li Yan Yuan were also present on the occasion. Senior officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, poets, writers and leading media representatives also attended the award ceremony. Winners of the competition from cities across Pakistan traveled to Islamabad and received prizes and shared their stories and recited poetries. Students also presented cultural performances to highlight cultural heritage and make a lively event. Submissions in all three categories of the competition were presented in Urdu and English separately.
APCFA in collaboration with China Cultural Center organized this national poetry, essay and skit/dialogue competition on the theme “Journey of Friendship: Celebrating the many facets of Pakistan-China Relations” among school students across the country. It was part of a series of events for the commemoration of 70 years of founding of People’s Republic of China, aiming to enable the young generation to carry forward the legacy of Pakistan-China friendship is the need of the hour.