Govt to ensure timely completion  of CPEC projects: PM Shehbaz

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Minister stressed the importance of enhanced exchanges between the political parties of the two countries for experience-sharing, capacity building and people-centered governance

Mahnoor Ansar

Islamabad: 21 June 2024. Prime Minister receives Mr. Liu Jianchao, Minister of International Department of Communist Party of China

Mr. Liu Jianchao, Minister of International Department of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC) called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad earlier.

While welcoming the Chinese dignitary and members of his delegation to Pakistan, the Prime Minister congratulated him as well as political leaders of Pakistan on the successful organization of Pakistan-China Political Parties Forum and the 3rd round of Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) of Political Parties on CPEC. He said it was a matter of great satisfaction that there was complete political consensus in both countries on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

Emphasizing on historic and unique significance of bilateral relations between the two countries, the Prime Minister reaffirmed that the Pakistan-China friendship was time-tested and enduring. He termed it as indispensable for peace and development of both the countries as well as the region and beyond.

Reflecting on his recent visit to China where he held fruitful and productive meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang, the Prime Minister commended the vision of the Chinese leadership for the continued growth of Pakistan-China strategic relations and the shared desire of both countries to work together to ensure success of CPEC and its upgradation to the next phase.

The Prime Minister underlined that early completion and implementation of all ongoing, as well as new CPEC projects, would contribute significantly towards Pakistan’s economic growth and inclusive development.

Appreciating the role of IDCPC in the deepening of bilateral ties, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of enhanced exchanges between the political parties of the two countries for experience-sharing, capacity building and people-centered governance. He lauded the CPC for its full support to strengthening of China’s iron-clad brotherhood with Pakistan. 

In his remarks, Mr. Liu Jianchao stressed that Pakistan and China were iron brothers, strategic partners and most-trusted friends. He further emphasized that China accorded a special place to Pakistan in its foreign policy and would continue to support Pakistan’s economic development and jointly work for the upgraded version of CPEC.

The Prime Minister also briefed the Chinese delegation about the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) which was established through a “Whole of the Government” approach with an objective to attract investment in key areas and has evolved into a useful forum offering one-window facility to domestic and foreign investors.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Chief of the Army Staff General Syed Aim Munir, Federal Ministers for Finance, Interior, Planning, Petroleum, Power, Privatization, Information, MOS for IT, SAPM Tariq Fatemi and senior officials attended. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Jiang Zaidong and senior officials of the International Department of the Communist Party of China also attended the meeting.