Abbasi for intensifying cooperation in CPEC

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JCC approves long term plan of corridor
Mohammad Arshad

Islamabad

The Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, Mr. Kong Xuanyou along with his delegation called on the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday at the Prime Minister’s Office. Assistant Foreign Minister Kong is visiting Pakistan for the Eighth round of Pakistan-China Strategic Dialogue.
Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou conveyed the best regards of Premier Li to the Prime Minister. He appreciated Pakistan’s support to China on its core issues and thanked the Prime Minister for his letter of congratulations to the Chinese leadership at the success of 19th CPC Congress.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated that China is Pakistan’s Iron Brother and thanked the Assistant Foreign Minister for the message from Premier Li.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between Pakistan and China on all issues of bilateral importance including high level interactions, CPEC, trade, security and situation in the region and Afghanistan. The Prime Minister noted that CPEC energy and infrastructure projects are progressing smoothly and achieving timely attainment. He emphasized the need to further intensify cooperation on all CPEC projects including projects related to human development and livelihood, education, health etc. so that the benefits of CPEC could trickle down to the common man.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated that both China and Pakistan share the vision of a peaceful neighbourhood for development and progress of the two nations and reiterated their resolve to further strengthen Pakistan-China strategic cooperative cooperation.
Earlier, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal, Tuesday, said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had entered into the first phase of completion and 7th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) was of historical significance to finalize the long-term plan of project. The long-term plan will give new dimensions to bilateral cooperation between China and Pakistan.
While co-chairing the 7th JCC meeting along with his Chinese counterpart here, Minister said that long term plan would expand the scope of cooperation in various new areas including cooperation in social sectors along with the economic fields. Along with infrastructure development and up gradation, education and health sectors would also be targeted for their improvement and up gradation under CPEC.
Around 150 high officials from Pakistan and China attended the meeting along with the Chief Ministers of all the provinces and Prime Minister AJK. The representatives of private sector including trade and industry chambers also participated in the meeting for the first time.
Ahsan Iqbal said that 7th JCC in Pakistan is a milestone towards realizing the CPEC and noted that people of Pakistan valued the multifaceted cooperation extended by government and people of China to Pakistan.
He said that CPEC now entered into the first phase of its completion and 7th JCC was of historical significance to finalize the long-term plan of project. “The long-term plan will give new dimensions to bilateral cooperation between China and Pakistan”, he believed.
Ahsan Iqbal said that long term plan would expand the scope of cooperation in various new areas including cooperation in social sectors along with the economic fields. Along with infrastructure development and up gradation, education and health sectors would also be targeted for their improvement and up gradation under CPEC.
About private sector’s representation, Minister said that it has been given to private sector in 7th JCC meeting to take on board private sector in this project, which is a game changer not only for Pakistan but for entire region.
Minister announced that both countries would organize exchange of trade and business delegations on official level to speed up the pace of project. He underlined the need for expansion in the administrative structure and scope of cooperation in CPEC.

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