By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: A 15-member Chinese delegation led by China’s Ambassador Yao Jing visited Punjab Civil Secretariat here on Friday. Chief Secretary Punjab Yousaf Naseem Khokhar received the delegates. The foreign guests were given detailed briefing on investment opportunities, CPEC projects, reforms in different sectors and law and order in the province.
Talking to the delegates, the Chief Secretary said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher into a new era of progress and prosperity in Pakistan. He said that vast business opportunities exist in Punjab, adding that the government is creating a conducive environment for investors by taking effective measures for ease of doing business. The mentioned that the World Bank has also praised the initiatives taken by the federal and provincial government for ease of doing business.
He said that the provincial government is following a comprehensive development plan and in collaboration with the federal government reforms have been introduced in various sectors which are yielding positive results.
The Chief Secretary said that self-reliance by the Chinese people has taken them to the height of progress and prosperity and China has emerged as a great economic power in the comity of nations.
He said that China always stood by Pakistan in the hour of need and is extending all kind of economic and technical support to the brotherly country. Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing said that China is willing to extend cooperation with Pakistan in the field of agriculture, tourism and social sector.
He assured that Beijing is ready to provide all kind of support for progress and prosperity of Pakistan. “Punjab is hub of economic activities. Exchange of delegations and people-to-people contacts would help bolster bilateral relations,” he added.
Mr Yao Jing also presented a gift to the Chief Secretary Punjab.
The delegates thanked the Chief Secretary and remarked that the Punjab government’s initiatives for progress in fields of health, education, agriculture, and social sector uplift are praiseworthy.
Those among present were: Chairman of Planning ad Development, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, secretaries of different departments including Industries and Auqaf.