ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that strengthening business ties with China is a foremost priority of Pakistan.
He said this while addressing a delegation of 10 leading Chinese companies, undertaking business ventures in vital sectors of the country including energy, communications, agriculture, science and technology, financial sector and industry, the Prime Minister office media wing said in a press release.
The delegation comprised representatives of Power Construction Corporation of China (Power China), China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), China Gezhouba Pakistan, China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Company Limited, China Railway Group Limited, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Machinery Engineering Corporation and China Mobile Pakistan Limited.
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing and Haier CEO Javed Afridi were also present on the occasion.
The prime minister assured the Chinese investors that his government would accord the highest priority to the provision of every possible facilitation to the Chinese investors.
He also asked the Chinese business houses to establish their regional offices in Pakistan.
The Chinese investors thanked the prime minister for his personal interest in facilitating them.
The participants expressed satisfaction over the business-friendly policies of the present government.
They reaffirmed commitment to further expand their investments and explore more business opportunities in various sectors of the economy.
Various reforms introduced at the policy and implementation level have enhanced the confidence of Chinese business community and Pakistan is being looked upon as a major partner in development in the post-Covid-19 environment,” the Chinese ambassador said.
Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, Minister for Industries Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Finance Adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Commerce Adviser Abdur Razaq Dawood, Board of Investment Chairman Atif R Bokhari, CPEC Authority Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa also attended the meeting.