A-PM-FR Shaikh farewells Chinese envoy Jing

By Staff Reporter
Friday – September 18, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The ambassador of People’s Republic of China Yao Jing made a farewell call on the adviser to prime minister on finance and revenue (A-PM-FR) Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Thursday, in the federal capital at the finance division.

According to an official statement, A-PM-FR Shaikh appreciated the commitment with which Chinese ambassador Jing worked for the progress of the Pakistan China relationship.

He acknowledged the contributions of ambassador Jing and China’s leadership for Pakistan and expressed hope that his predecessor will work on the same lines.

Chinese ambassador Jing thanked A-PM-FR Shaikh for his support and expressed desire to further strengthen Pakistan-China’s relationship.

He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a project that is an inspiration for the rest of the world.

Chinese ambassador Jing also appreciated the strategy adopted by the government of Pakistan (GoP) during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis and said that the rest of the world could follow and learn from Pakistan’s experience.

He expressed his confidence that financial action task force (FATF) October review will go well for Pakistan.

At the end A-PM-FR Shaikh presented a shield to the outgoing ambassador as a token of finance division’s acknowledgement for his valuable services and said that his successor will be welcomed with the same spirit.

Separately, earlier on Wednesday, Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Wang Wenbin, addressing a regular press conference, mentioned that on September 14, Chinese enterprises signed the development agreement of Rashakai’s special economic zone (SEZ) with the Pakistani side.

This is the first SEZ development agreement signed between China and Pakistan under the framework of the CPEC.

The Chinese and Pakistani governments attach great importance to this.

Pakistani prime minister (PM) Imran Khan and Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Jing attended the signing ceremony.

The signing of the agreement means that the project will soon enter the substantive construction stage, which is believed to play an important demonstration and leading role in industrial cooperation between the two countries, boost the high-quality development of the CPEC and strengthen the internal driving force of Pakistan’s economic development.

National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRCC) deputy director Ning Jizhe and the Chinese chairman of the joint cooperation committee (JCC) of CPEC delivered a video speech, China’s FO spokesperson Wenbin concluded.