Pak-China cooperation critical to socio-economic uplift

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Steps being taken to further facilitate investors

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that deepening China-Pakistan economic cooperation was critical to Pakistan’s socio-economic uplift as a delegation of Chinese state-owned Company, China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) called upon the premier in Islamabad.

The prime minister stated that Pakistan was open to investment and his government was taking necessary precautions to remove all impediments to further facilitate the investors. He invited Chinese companies to invest in renewable energy in Pakistan, which had great potential, particularly in producing solar energy.

The premier highlighted the significance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, deeming it a transformational project for the mutual benefit and development of both the countries.

The delegation was led by vice-president of NORINCO International, Mr Wang Xiaobing and CEO NORINCO International (Pakistan), Mr Li Chen. Federal ministers Khawaja Saad Rafique, Syed Naveed Qamar, Chauhdary Salik Hussain, advisor to PM Ahad Cheema, SAPMs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan, Zafar-Ud-Din Mahmood and other officials were also present.

The PM also appreciated the company for its role in the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project, adding that it facilitated hundreds of thousands of commuters daily. He recalled that the project was the first time open bidding took place in a government-to-government project.

The premier added that the practice facilitated further negotiations with the lowest bidder, saving the government 600 million dollars – a milestone in the history of development in Pakistan.

The delegation praised PM Shehbaz for his untiring efforts to steer Pakistan out of the current economic crisis. It noted that prime minister “is a great friend of China whose business-friendly policies have deepened economic cooperation and facilitated foreign direct investment in the country.”

 

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