Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese envoy discuss future initiatives
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Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese envoy discuss future initiatives

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday met Chinese Ambassador Jiang Zaidong to discuss ongoing and upcoming initiatives under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Phase 2.

During the meeting, he emphasised the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring timely implementation of CPEC projects, a press release said.

The minister stressed that Pakistan is willing to move to the next phase of CPEC, which includes launching Special Economic Zones (SEZs) aimed at facilitating Chinese investments in Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal plans to visit China to attend a high-level forum on the Blueprint for Global Development and Shared Future, organized by the China International Development Cooperation Agency.

The visit is a continuation of the agreements reached during the Pakistani Prime Minister’s recent visit to China.

The next meeting will focus on mutually agreed projects with special emphasis on agricultural scholarships, IT training programmes, ML-1 railway project and Karakoram Highway (KKH) Phase 2 (Thakot-Raikot section).

Ambassador Jiang Zaidong warmly welcomed Minister Iqbal, noting that this was the Planning Minister’s fourth visit to China since the new government took office.

The minister assured the Chinese ambassador that the government is implementing the agreement reached by the leaders of the two countries on strengthening economic cooperation and is also taking strict measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens after the tragic incident in Dasu.

The Chinese ambassador expressed full support for Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries through further cooperation and mutual support, which will result in the early implementation of the agreement reached during Prime Minister Sharif’s visit to China.

The minister will leave for a six-day visit to China this evening, during which he will hold consultations with top Chinese officials and Chinese businessmen to discuss progress on the second phase of CPEC.