|Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou met with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan, who is in Beijing to lead the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Road Show (April 17-18, 2017), in Beijing on April 18. [Photo / China.org.cn]|
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou met with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan, who is in Beijing to lead the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Road Show (April 17-18, 2017), in Beijing on April 18.
The chief minister was accompanied by Pakistani Senator Shibli Faraz and Provincial Minister Energy & Power / Elementary Education, Mr. Atif Khan. Mr. Masood Khalid, Ambassador of Pakistan to China was also present during the meeting.
Chief Minister thanked the Chinese government for supporting the Road Show. He praised long history of friendly relations between China and Pakistan which are rooted in history and based on mutual trust and respect. He underlined that all the political parties in Pakistan were on the same page regarding implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative.
Highlighting investment and business opportunities offered by the KP Government during the Road Show (85 projects), he identified communications, mining, tourism, industrial cooperation, energy, cultural exchanges, agriculture and urban development as priority areas for development in KP Province.
He also said they had established 17 Special Economic Zones in the province and invited Chinese companies to take benefit of these business opportunities He assured Chinese government full security of the Chinese investment in KP Province. He highlighted the measures taken by KP government together with the Federal government in this regard.
Welcoming the Chief Minister, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou appreciated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s initiatives of holding the Road Show and considered it a sign of strong consensus on CPEC in Pakistan. He expressed satisfaction of the Chinese Government in the implementation of CPEC.
Recalling Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership and China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny, he mentioned that CPEC was advancing economic cooperation between China and Pakistan. He also showed readiness of the Chinese Government to also work with the KP Government in areas such as public health, education and poverty alleviation. He wished the KP Road Show a remarkable success.
The chief minister also had a very interactive discussion earlier today during a luncheon meeting with Ambassador Lu Shumin, Executive Vice President, China People's Institute for Foreign Affairs. Both exchanged views on matters of mutual interest especially the Economic and social development and current status of implementation of CPEC in KP province. Promotion of cultural exchanges and people to people contacts were also discussed.