ISLAMABAD (our correspondent): The Federal Minister of Planning Commission Khusro Bakhtiar has said that the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to China to further bolster bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Chinese Envoy to Pakistan Mr. Yao Jing called on Federal Minister for Planning, Development Khusro Bakhtyar here on Thursday

The Planning Ministry is coordinating organization from Pakistan on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Both dignitaries discussed the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China. They expressed confidence that the visit will further strengthen friendship between the two strategic partners.  

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, and senior officials of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.

Minister for Planning said that the upcoming visit will further bolster bilateral trade and economic ties between the two friendly neighbours. He stated that during the visit expansion of CPEC framework including cooperation in agriculture, industrial and socio-economic sectors will be discussed.  

Khusro Bakhtyar said that China is a close and strategic partner of Pakistan and bilateral partnership between the two countries will continue to touch new heights in future. It is in this backdrop that Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting China to further promote bilateral trade and commerce exchange, added the Minister.

China Pakistan Economic Corridor

Minister stated that CPEC offers enormous potential to boost national economy and reduce poverty. The pace of CPEC projects has accelerated after the incumbent government came into power, said the minister.

Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing appreciated Minister for Planning for gearing up the momentum on CPEC portfolio. He expressed satisfaction on the pace of CPEC projects and said that ongoing phase of CPEC will bring about socio-economic benefits for the welfare of the people of Pakistan.

During the meeting, various CPEC projects including development over Special Economic Zones (SEZs), ML-I, holding of the next Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting which would be held in Islamabad in November came under discussion.