ISLAMABAD (News Desk): In a bid to further discuss and devise strategies for streamlining the issuance of business visas, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry is ready to hold negotiations with Pakistan, said Consul General of Kuwait Salem Yousif Al-Hamdan. In this regard, he added, Pakistan�s Ministry of Interior had been approached some time ago but unfortunately Kuwait had not received any response so far. Speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the envoy told businessmen that around 120 communities were living in Kuwait which was why it had a stringent visa policy. “We want to streamline the issuance of business visa, hence, negotiations must take place between interior ministries of the two friendly countries as soon as possible,” he added. Talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the consul general pointed out that it was a very important project, which would have a positive impact not only on Pakistan but the entire region. “To attract the interest of Kuwaiti business community and other investors from the Gulf, we asked the government of Balochistan to organise a CPEC conference in Karachi,” he said. “We will make sure that this conference is attended not only by the Kuwaiti business community but also by other potential investors from the Gulf region.” The envoy added that the conference would help in raising awareness about the significance of CPEC project and provide a perfect opportunity to highlight the immense CPEC-related investment opportunities in Pakistan. Al-Hamdan pointed out that Kuwait had signed many MoUs with different institutions from all provinces in Pakistan while work on some of these MoUs had already begun, adding that the Kuwait Investment Authority also intended to undertake numerous projects in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh. The Kuwaiti envoy was of the opinion that Karachi, being the financial, trading and industrial centre of Pakistan with two ports, could offer a lot of trade and investment opportunities to the Kuwaiti business community. Speaking on the occasion, KCCI President Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan stated that Karachi – the economic hub of Pakistan – offered profitable investment opportunities as well as facilities for trade, investment and joint ventures to the business and industrial community of Kuwait. “During 2018, Pakistan exported goods worth $172.69 million to Kuwait as against exports of $166.78 million in 2017.” A delegation of Pak-China Socio-Economic Joint Working Group (JWG) headed by Li Jun, Deputy Director and Associate Professor Institute of Oil Crops, Chinese academy of Agricultural Sciences here on Wednesday visited Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and met Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan Chairman PARC . Pak-China collaboration in agriculture sector under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project came under discussion, while Chairman, PARC acknowledged the support of China in various projects of PARC. He gave a detailed presentation about PARC, its mission and vision to achieve sustainable food security and poverty alleviation through knowledge and innovation and also briefed the delegation about presence of PARC in the country, national agricultural system of the country. He also highlighted the Pakistan agricultural scenario and PARC major achievements. Chairman, PARC further added that agriculture and socio economic development were also included in CPEC. During the meeting, Pak-China experts also exchanged the agricultural information and discussed the areas of mutual interest to accelerate the development of agriculture sector in Pakistan. The Projects of the socio-economic development under CPEC were also discussed that including China Pakistan Joint Agricultural Technology Laboratory, Provision of Agriculture Equipment and tools, Pakistan Agricultural Vocational Training, China-Pakistan Rural Poverty Reduction Joint Research Project, Drinking Water Equipment Supply. Through a two-week study and filed investigation by the Chinese expert group in Pakistan, both sides have already shortlisted 27 projects as priority projects based on exchange of opinions, considering the local needs. On the occasion, Deputy Director Institute of Oil Crops, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences discussed the mutual priorities for development in agriculture sector under Pak-China Socio Economic joint Working Group. The Chinese delegation appreciated the PARC’s role of collaboration with international partners for the development of agricultural sector in Pakistan. The Chinese delegation was of the view that this meeting would be proved fruitful to further strengthening existing collaboration between the both countries and said that China was intended to provide help in different agriculture research projects being carried out at NARC and also aims assistance for training of NARC’s agriculture scientists according to their field. The Delegation also visited National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) and took keen interest in research activities being carried out at NARC.