Pakistan, China deepen collaboration on CPEC Phase II

The minister co-chaired a meeting with Jiang Zaidong, China’s ambassador to Pakistan. Secretary of Planning, Awais Manzoor Sumra, and other ministry officials also attended the meeting.

The discussions centered on expanding collaboration on projects relating to energy, infrastructure, industry, food security, agriculture, and transportation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Ahsan Iqbal emphasized the importance of deepening the longstanding friendship between Chinese and Pakistani leaders, expressed the government’s firm commitment to expediting CPEC implementation, and stated that the prime minister’s upcoming visit to CPEC projects would usher in a new era of cooperation in all sectors.

The minister focused on CPEC’s main goal of increasing collaboration in all sectors, including industry, energy, infrastructure, social development, agriculture, and regional connectivity within Pakistan.

He stated a desire to strengthen collaboration with China through the transfer of new technologies in a variety of industries, including transportation and agriculture.

He emphasized Pakistan’s intention to construct industrial zones for the production of electric vehicles in conjunction with China, using Pakistan’s comparative advantage to lower overall production costs and generate job opportunities for Pakistani people.

Ahsan Iqbal also talked about the upcoming South Asian Games 2025, emphasizing the significance of thorough training regimens for Pakistani players. He highlighted his willingness to engage with China, encouraging Chinese coaches and trainers to assist Pakistani athletes in their preparations.

Both parties underlined their commitment to completing CPEC Phase II quickly and successfully.

The Chinese Ambassador also praised the government’s efforts, particularly those of the Federal Minister for Planning and Development, to maintain cross-sector cooperation.

He also congratulated Pakistan on hosting the 2025 South Asian Games.

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