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Ties being improved with China as CPEC enters 2nd phase: PM

By Our Staff Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday said that the efforts were being made to further streamline and improve coordination with China at all levels, especially when the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project had entered into its second phase. In a meeting with Zhao Baige, Vice Chair of the 12th NPC Foreign Affairs Committee, Chair of the Advisory Committee of Belt & Road Initiative International Think Tank of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who called on him at PM Office, the prime minister said in its second phase, the critical areas such as agriculture, socio-economic development etc had also been included in the CPEC, said a PM Office statement. Ms. Zhao, also the Chair of Advisory Committee of CASS-RDI, was accompanied by Fang Cal, Vice Chairman and Member of the Party Leadership Group of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chairman of China Overseas Ports Holding Company Ltd, Bao Zhong Zhang, Chairman Huangshan Duowei Biology Co Ltd, Guang Hui Chen, Chairman Wuhan Landing Medical Hi-Tech Co Ltd, Xiao Rong Sun, President Chenjiancheng TVSKY, Jiancheng Chen, Chairman Pakistan Chinese Enterprises Services Co Ltd, Zi Hai Wang and Director RDI Secretariat Wen Qing Xu. Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, SAPM Naeem-ul-Haq, Senator Faisal Javed and Javed Afridi were also present during the meeting.
The prime minister welcomed the delegation and said that it was a matter of great satisfaction to note that all-weather and time-tested Pakistan-China friendship was transforming into a robust economic partnership.
He added that Pakistan wanted to learn from Chinese experience and expertise in different sectors. He said that a special cell was being established at Prime Minister’s Office to ensure seamless coordination between businesses of public and private sectors. Ms. Zhao, in her remarks, said that China would continue extending all possible cooperation to Pakistan in areas such as agriculture, health, housing and socio-economic development.
PM ask AJK govt, NTCB to
form tourism policy
Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday called upon the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to devise a policy in consultation with National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) to exploit the tourism potential of the valley.
Chairing a meeting to discuss various development projects of AJK here at the Prime Minister Office, he said the AJK had immense potential to attract foreign and local tourists, for which a proper strategy needed to be in-place.
The prime minister said expatriates were a valuable asset of AJK and emphasized on its government to take solid steps to address their problems.
The meeting was attended by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur, Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Special Assistant for Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar, the Chief Secretary AJK and senior officials.
The AJK prime minister thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for effectively highlighting the Kashmir dispute at international fora and for taking up the development projects of AJK on priority.
He invited Prime Minister Khan to visit AJK and address the Legislative Assembly.
The meeting discussed matters including compensation to the affected people at the Line of Control (LoC) through Sehat Insaf Card, Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mangla-Mirpur Project, Neelum-Jhelum and Kohala Project and Mangla Dam upraising project.
Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar said Rs3 billion had been allocated for the compensation project of LoC-affected people.
The meeting approved setting up a committee on Mangla Dam upraising project.
Imran orders implementation of health sector reforms in public sector
Another report adds:Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday stressed the need for implementation of health reforms to improve facilities in the public-sector hospitals.
He expressed these views in a meeting with Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Health Dr Zafarullah Mirza, provincial health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and AJK health minister Dr Muhammad Najeeb Naqi, here at his Parliament House chamber.
The prime minister also held separate meetings with politicians including Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Sardar Nasrullah Dareshak, Qasim Khan Suri, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali and Munawarah Bibi.

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