Islamabad (Online): Pakistan and China have stood by each other’s core interests and now the relations between two countries have reached in a phase where economic and people to people contacts have increased manifolds.This was stated by Ambassador Zahoor Ahmad, Additional Secretary (Asia-Pacific) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was addressing a conversation titled “Pursuing Ideals of Shared Future”(PIVOT), organized by Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). The event was held to mark the one successful year of the publication of PIVOT magazine launched by China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC).”We need to have an understating of this relationship and PIVOT magazine is important in this regard.The objective of this magazine is to elucidate all facets of Pakistan-China relations, including various regional and global dimensions of this long-standing strategic partnership”, he added.Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Yao Jing, Ambassador of People’s Republic of Chinasaid, there is more analysis of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Belt and Road Initiative tocounter doubts being raised by detractors, and PIVOT is playing an important role to advanceit. ” He congratulated CPSC team and the ISSI leadership for spearheading the research andadvocacy work at the Centre in able manner.Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, stated that Pakistan-Chinarelationship is pivot for regional cooperation. Peace, stability, connectivity and prosperity are theelements on which shared future between Pakistan and China is envisioned.Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC, said, “PIVOT aims to fill the knowledge vacuum regarding Pakistan-China relations in rapidly changing regional and global scenario.” Ambassador Khalid, Chairman BOG ISSI stated, “PIVOT was required to fill the gap in public understanding of the various dimensions of the Pakistan-China relationship.” Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said that the completion of CRBC project, under CPEC, with the cost Rs.120 billion will boost the agricultural production in southern districts of the province making them self sufficient.During his visit to Dera Ismail Khan, on Thursday ,the CM announced various development initiatives including giving the status of tehsil to Paniala, starting construction work for Gomal University campus Pharpur, initiating civil work on Agriculture University Dera Ismail Khan and speedy completion of other developmental projects in the district.He said that PTI government is focusing on developmental works throughout the province adding that the so called national leaders from D.I.Khan brought zero development to the southern districts . Similarly 380 Km long Peshawar to D.I.Khan Expressway will usher an era of development in the southern districts.He made it clear that all developmental projects belonging to the present provincial government will be completed during the current tenure adding that sustainable development of newly merged tribal districts is the top priority of provincial government. Special focus is being given to backward districts of the province including NMDs. Our government is taking concrete steps to resolve the issues and problems of southern districts. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has said that the PTI government is determined to establish four economic zones in all provinces within this year. He said that the SEZs would enable setting up of joint ventures in manufacturing which would integrate the enterprises from both sides and it is important for Pakistani manufacturing industries to become part of the global value chain by partnering with the Chinese companies. The minister expressed these views in a meeting with a delegation of RCCI, which led by Saboor Malik called on him here on Thursday. The business delegation inquired about their role in SEZs and business relationship between Chinese and Pakistani investors. While talking to the delegation, the minister said that the CPEC Business Forum is established to create an interface between the government and business community and take forward the industrial cooperation between Pakistan and China. He said that representation from the private sector will accelerate the pace of industrialization under the umbrella of the mega project. He said that the focus is to boost Pakistan’s industrial capacity through joint ventures in priority areas, relocation of labor-intensive export-led industry, SME’s collaboration and enhancement of vocational training capacity. In the first phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said, the infrastructure and energy projects are either completed or near completion. The second phase is related to agriculture and other sectors. Under the CPEC, the ML-1 Railway project will begin in the current financial year. The private sector can participate in CPEC projects under a public-private partnership. Provinces have been instructed to expedite development projects. The minister asked the delegation of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry to come up with a 3-year roadmap for industrialization and export sector strategy by March 2020. According to the sources, Pakistan and China have agreed to develop nine special economic zones (SEZs) across the country and decided to complete three SEZs on priority basis including Allama Iqbal Industrial City, Faisalabad, and two others located in Rashakai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Dhabeji in Sindh. They said that Rashakai Economic Zone, M-1, Nowshera, and China Special Economic Zone Dhabeji are also expected to open in April 2020. The Board of Investment (BoI) is also going to amend Special Economic Zone Act 2012 to facilitate industrial zones under the CPEC, they added.