ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government accorded top priority to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it would not only help in translating the all-weather Pakistan-China relations into mutually beneficial economic equation but also open new vistas of opportunities for the entire region.
The prime minister was meeting with representatives of 15 leading Chinese companies working on various CPEC and other projects in Pakistan. The Chinese delegation included representatives from Power China, Three Gorges Corporation, CMEC Neelum-Jhelum Power Plant project, Cr-Norinco Orange Line project, Huawei, Zong, Port Qasim Power Plant, China Gezhouba Corporation, China State Construction, China Harbour, Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project, Haier and other companies.
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing accompanied the delegation.
Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Board of Investment Chairman Haroon Sharif, Energy Task Force Chairman Nadeem Babar and other senior officials were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the premier said that the government would extend all possible facilitation to the Chinese companies in undertaking profitable business ventures and taking advantage of business-friendly policies of the current government.
Ambassador Jing while conveying greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said that the leadership of his country was looking forward to the visit of PM Khan to China.
The ambassador thanked the premier on behalf of his leadership and business community for taking personal interest in facilitating the Chinese businessmen and addressing their issues.
The ambassador assured the prime minister that Chinese companies would continue to partner with the government in socio-economic development of Pakistan.