ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the government would extend utmost assistance to the foreign investors and expressed confidence that the Chinese investment in Pakistan would open up immense employment opportunities.
The prime minister expressed these views in a meeting with heads of the Chinese companies. China’s ambassador Nong Rong, federal ministers Hammad Azhar, Shaukat Tareen and Asad Umer, and Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant to PM on CPEC Khalid Mansoor and senior officials were also present on this occasion.
Imran Khan said the government was focusing on the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ policy and was extending facilities to investors.
He said Pakistan could learn a lot from China in terms of industrial development, particularly in areas of agriculture, fisheries, vegetables and fruits, high-yielding livestock and information technology.
The delegation appreciated the investor-friendly policies of the government of Pakistan and expressed keen interest in Chinese investment in the country.
On July 7, Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa had said that 1,200 jobs had been created in China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s Phase-I.
Asim Saleem Bajwa had said that he was monitoring each project of the CPEC and his team was also keeping an eye on operational issues.
“The confidence of Chinese investors in CPEC projects has not diminished nor has the work on CPEC stopped or slowed down,” he had said adding that Coronavirus pandemic was a big test for the CPEC, which passed.
Gwadar port has a huge impact on the national and local economy, he had maintained. However, he had said that there were employment problems in the western routes of Balochistan. On security, he had said the security of the CPEC projects was better and no project had stopped for that reason.
The chairman CPEC Authority had said that most of the problems were faced from across the border while 60% of the Iran-Afghanistan border had been sealed.