Foreign Secretary co-chairs 3rd meeting of CPEC’sJWG on International Cooperation and Coordination

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ISLAMABAD: The 3rd meeting of the CPEC Joint Working Group (JWG) on International Cooperation and Coordination (JWG-ICC) was held in the virtual mode today.

The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary SohailMahmood and China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao. Senior officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs on both sides as well as relevant organs including Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and the Board of Investment, and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) also participated.

During the meeting, both sides reviewed continued implementation of CPEC and its expansion to jointly agreed priority areas.

The Foreign Secretary underscored the centrality of the time-tested Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership in Pakistan’s foreign policy. He added that, manifesting the historic choice of both countries and peoples, the vitality and dynamism of CPEC reflected the deep-seated mutual goodwill that lay at the heart of the bilateral relationship.

The Foreign Secretary underlined that the timely completion of CPEC projects and steady progress on realizing important projects in the pipeline was energizing bilateral cooperation and further strengthening the foundation for Pakistan’s economic modernization and enhancing the capacity for sustained progress and prosperity.

It was agreed that CPEC’s development had reached a new point, with increasing emphasis on high-quality development of industry, agriculture, IT, and science and technology, while ensuring tangible socio-economic benefits for the people.

It was further noted that as a flagship of the Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC had broken new ground in strengthening international and regional connectivity, especially in the context of its extension to Afghanistan. As an open and inclusive platform, both sides welcomed interested third parties to benefit from avenues for mutually beneficial cooperation opened up by CPEC.

The two sides also agreed to support and encourage themedia and think tanks to highlight CPEC’s contributions as a high-impact case study of international cooperationfor sustainable development.