Chi­nese en­trepreneur­s asked to es­tab­lish of­fices in Pak­istan

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES / BOSS - IS­LAM­ABAD -APP

Em­pha­sis­ing the need for more co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Pak­istan in all fields, Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan asked Chi­nese en­trepreneur­s to es­tab­lish their re­gional of­fices in Pak­istan.

"Chi­nese busi­ness houses should es­tab­lish their re­gional of­fices in Pak­istan," the prime min­is­ter said while chair­ing a meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of 10 lead­ing Chi­nese com­pa­nies un­der­tak­ing busi­ness ven­tures in crit­i­cal sec­tors, in­clud­ing en­ergy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, agricultur­e, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, fi­nan­cial sec­tor and in­dus­try.

The prime min­is­ter, while wel­com­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lead­ing Chi­nese com­pa­nies, stated that Pak­istan ac­corded great im­por­tance to strength­en­ing its re­la­tions with China.

He re­it­er­ated that Pak­istan and China have shared des­tiny. "Strength­en­ing of busi­nessto-busi­ness ties of the peo­ple of the two coun­tries is a fore­most pri­or­ity," he added.

China's am­bas­sador calls Pak­istan emerg­ing hub of trade

Prime Min­is­ter Khan as­sured the Chi­nese in­vestors that his gov­ern­ment would ac­cord high­est pri­or­ity to pro­vi­sion of ev­ery pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ta­tion to Chi­nese in­vestors.

The del­e­ga­tion com­prised rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Power Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion of China (Power China), China Road and Bridge Cor­po­ra­tion (CRBC), China Gezhouba (Group) Pak­istan, China Three Gorges South Asia In­vest­ment Com­pany Ltd, China Rail­way Group Lim­ited, In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial Bank of China, China Ma­chin­ery En­gi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and China Mo­bile Pak­istan Lim­ited.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan Mr Yao Jing and Haier CEO Javed Afridi were also present.

Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Mu­rad Saeed, Min­is­ter for In­dus­tries Ham­mad Azhar, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Asad Umar, Fi­nance Ad­viser Dr Ab­dul Hafeez Sheikh, Com­merce Ad­viser Ab­dul Razak Da­wood, chair­man of the Board of In­vest­ment Atif R. Bokhari, Chair­man of the CPEC Au­thor­ity re­tired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Ba­jwa also at­tended the meet­ing.

The Chi­nese in­vestors thanked the prime min­is­ter for his per­sonal in­ter­est in fa­cil­i­tat­ing Chi­nese in­vestors and busi­ness com­mu­nity in Pak­istan. The par­tic­i­pants ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over busi­ness friendly poli­cies of the present gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially in im­prov­ing the ease of do­ing busi­ness. They reaf­firmed com­mit­ment to fur­ther ex­pand their in­vest­ments and ex­plore more busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in var­i­ous sec­tors of the econ­omy. "Var­i­ous re­forms in­tro­duced at pol­icy and im­ple­men­ta­tion level have en­hanced con­fi­dence of the Chi­nese busi­ness com­mu­nity and Pak­istan is be­ing looked as a ma­jor part­ner in de­vel­op­ment in the post Covid-19 en­vi­ron­ment", stated the Chi­nese am­bas­sador.

Later, while launch­ing a tree plan­ta­tion drive, Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Jing said Prime Min­is­ter Khan's vi­sion was to make Pak­istan a "hub of trade".

He said China also saw Pak­istan as an emerg­ing hub of trade.

Talk­ing about the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor, the am­bas­sador said the prime min­is­ter had cat­e­gor­i­cally an­nounced that the CPEC would strengthen ties be­tween the two brotherly coun­tries.

Me­dia re­ports said the prime min­is­ter had also stressed the need for boost­ing tourism in Pak­istan and talked about scenic beauty of Swat.

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