PM Imran to address Pakistani diaspora at Washington stadium on Sunday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, who left for the US earlier in the day for a three-day official visit, is set to address a “record-setting” gathering of the Pakistani diaspora in Washington on Sunday.

The Capital One Arena can house more than 20,000 people with a lion’s share of the tickets for the event already having been sold out.

The prime minister’s community address is distinctive as in the past visiting Pakistani leaders would address Pakistani expatriates in community halls or closed-door rooms in hotels.

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Around one million Pakistani-Americans reside in the country, which has also been a major source of remittances for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited the stadium to review arrangements for the event.

“Visited Capital One Arena to oversee arrangements for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address,” he tweeted. “Every Pakistani in the United States is looking forward to Khan Sahab’s maiden visit as Prime Minister. This is a moment they have long waited for.”

CPEC very important for Pakistan, says PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Pakistan accorded great importance to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

In a meeting with 12th NPC Foreign Affairs Committee Vice Chair Zhao Baige at the Prime Minister’s Office, the prime minister said all-out efforts were being made to further streamline and improve coordination at all levels as CPEC project has entered into its second phase.

The current phase will focus on critical areas, such as agriculture and socio-economic development.

The prime minister while welcoming the delegation said that it was a matter of great satisfaction to note that all-weather and time-tested Pak-China friendship was transforming into a robust economic partnership.

He said Pakistan wanted to learn from the Chinese experience and expertise in different sectors.

A special cell was being established at the Prime Minister’s Office to ensure seamless coordination between businesses of public and private sectors, he added.

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.

Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Naeemul Haq, Senator Faisal Javed and Javed Afridi were also present during the meeting.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Review CPEC Projects ahead of second visit to China

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government is not only giving top priority to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project but wants to further expand its scope so that other countries could also become part of the gigantic project and a new era of progress and prosperity starts in the region.

The prime minister stated this on Thursday while chairing a high-level meeting on his forthcoming visit to China to participate in the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The meeting reviewed the preparations regarding promoting cooperation between the two countries in various fields during the forthcoming visit of the prime minister to China.

The prime minister said the CPEC project consisted of just few power plants and three corridors, while the present government got included agriculture, education, health, water projects, vocational education and skill development, transport, up-gradation of railways Main Line-1 and other important projects in the second phase of CPEC. He said the government will replicate the successful experiment of Chinese government of poverty alleviation where millions of people were lifted out of poverty. He said the government wants to learn from China’s skill in agriculture, industry and other fields.

The prime minister said keeping in view the commendable progress of China in science and technology, cooperation between the two countries in this field will be the main focus of the visit. He said efforts are going on to accelerate the process of getting scholarships for at least 20,000 Pakistani students so that they can study advanced subjects in China.

The prime minister said special attention is being given to cooperation between Pakistan and China in eight big sectors, including mining, high-speed railways, manufacturing and agriculture.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government accords top priority to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as it will not only help in translating all-weather Pak-China relations into mutually beneficial economic equation but also open new vistas of opportunities for the entire region.

The prime minister met with representatives of 15 leading Chinese companies working on various CPEC and other projects in Pakistan. The Chinese delegation included representatives from Power China, Three Gorges Corporation, CMEC Neelum Jhelum Power Plant Project, Cr-Norinco Orange Line Project, Huawei, Zong, Port Qasim Power Plant, China Gezhouba Corporation, China State Construction, China Harbour, Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project, Haier and other companies. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing accompanied the delegation.

Talking to the Chinese delegation, the prime minister said the government will provide all possible facilitation to the Chinese companies in undertaking profitable business ventures and taking advantage of business friendly policies of the present government.

The Chinese ambassador, while conveying greetings from Chinese president and premier, said that Chinese leadership is looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China. He thanked the prime minister on behalf of Chinese leadership and business community for his personal interest in facilitating Chinese businessmen and addressing their issues. He assured the prime minister that Chinese companies will continue to partner with the government in socio-economic development of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan, during a briefing on Thursday, was informed that 11 integrated tourism zones will be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and replicating the model, eight zones will also be set up in Punjab.

Prime Minister of Pakistan and Military Chief Visited CPECB

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29 March at Gwadar Expo 2019  ,#CPECB & #MHRS . #Pakafghancargo exhibit in Gwadar Expo 2019.  Prime Minister of Pakistan Honorable Imran Khan, #khansb ,#Imranbahi .Qamar Javed Bajwa, Honorable Military chief visited us. And it’s has built a legacy for business community #CPECB

 

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China Pakistan Economic Corridor Business (CPECB) Premium Businessman networking and relation building platform, Where companies CEO, Directors, Partners, owners and state officials are a member of the platform. CPECB is the platform where investors can interact with a valuable businessman or government can invest in Pakistan  with the government through CPECB . CPECB main focus on CPEC and BRI projects to connect businessman directly with all BRI countries .

CPECB is highly reputable businessman networking platform specially for the international business community who are interested in doing business in Pakistan or invest in Pakistan because CPECB members are the pure businessman and have great credibility in their business sector.

 

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Sami Vohra met with Prime minister of Pakistan and military chief
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Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing Attended Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Gwadar International Airport and visit CPECB
Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing Attended Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Gwadar International Airport and visit CPECB

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#chinapakistaneconmicorridorbusiness #CPECB , #MHR #Pakafghancargo #CPECB Members. Meet with Pm Imran Khan at Gwadarexpo 2019 . CPECB the premium BRI Businessman Network hit another milestone. #opportunities Emerging Pakistan. CPECB is working hard to play its fruitful part in Economy. Photography Credit #aliziastudio. Connect with CPECB to get connected with #BRI. .China Pakistan Economic Corridor Business Platform (CPECB) Participated in Gwadar Expo 2019 Where CPECB president Sami Vohra attended Expo with Ex-President FCCI Zubair Tufail and Mrs Zubair Tufail along with Members who have stall and exhibit MHRS  , Tariq Gul (Pak Afghan Cargo), Changgaiz Khan and members Muhammad Ali Zia, Maqsood Zulfiqar, Imtiaz Ali Ratgar .Rehan Ali, Muhammad Sharif Baloch, Muhammad Asif Khan (Metro Group) Muhammad Ishtiar ,Col. (R) Maqbool Afridi, Muhammad Faisal . CPECB Members Meet with Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan along with federal ministers, Balochistan chief minister, parliamentarians, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing Jam Kamal (Chief Minister Balochistan) , Zobida Jalal (Federal Minister Defense Production ,Yao Chin (Chines Ambassador) Wang Yu (Chines Consul General) , Mr. Zhang Baozhong, the chairman of COPHC , Shah MEHMOOD Qureshi (Foreign Minister) Khusro Bakhtiar (Federal Minister Planning) Main Muhammad SOOMRO (Federal Minister Aviation) , Ali Hyder Zahdi (Federal Minister Maritime and my Neighbor) Sharukh Nausrat Sectt Aviation, Chairman PIA &DG CAA , Rauf Rind (MPA), Sajjad arain,,Where Special Thanks to Shazad Sultan , Aamir khan , Photos Credit (ALI ZIA)

CPECB | Members at Shanghai | PM Imran Khan | Xi Jinping| Successful Trip

 

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SHANGHAI: Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would serve as a vital link for the two countries to the Middle East and Central Asian Republics and open fresh investment avenues, new markets and vistas.

Addressing the Opening Ceremony of China International Import Expo at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Prime Minister Imran Khan said as the Belt and Road Initiative gives shape to a global community of shared interests, this Expo will help spread dividends of freer trade, among more closely integrated economies

We are proud that CPECB member  Tariq Gul from Pak Afghan Cargo also attends the major conference where it was the first and major visit to CHINA of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan Sb.

Hua Chunying updates

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that China will continue to provide assistance and support to Pakistan’s economic and social development in accordance with the needs of the Pakistani side and through mutual agreement.

The ministry announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China is a success and the two sides made remarkable achievements. They issued a joint statement and gave a comprehensive introduction to the specific results of the visit.

According to the Ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying, a number of achievements were made during the visit. First, it has deepened the friendship between the leaders of the two countries. This visit is the first official visit to China after Prime Minister Imran

According to the Ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying, a number of achievements were made during the visit. First, it has deepened the friendship between the leaders of the two countries. This visit is the first official visit to China after Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, fully demonstrating Pakistan’s emphasis on developing relations with China.

Chinese leaders such as President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang had friendly exchanges with him and established good relations. The second is to consolidate the special friendly relations between China and Pakistan.

The two sides believe that China-Pakistan relations have experienced the test of time and environmental changes at home and abroad and are constantly moving forward. The two sides agreed to further strengthen China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and build a new era to closer the CMB community.

The third is to expand the strategic communication between the two countries. The leaders of the two countries exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern and reached important consensus.

The two sides also agreed to establish a foreign minister’s strategic dialogue mechanism to plan and coordinate bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields. The fourth is to promote pragmatic cooperation and friendly exchanges.

They also agreed to continue to firmly promote the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and establish a social and livelihood working group to promote the continuous expansion of the corridor.

They also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, finance, science and technology, agriculture, humanities, etc., and signed 15 cooperation agreements in related fields. Fifth, it has strengthened coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and emphasised support for multilateralism, free trade, and win-win cooperation, and promoted lasting peace and common prosperity in the region and the world.

Both China and Pakistan are satisfied with the results of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit and unanimously agreed to continue to work together to implement the consensus reached by the leaders and push China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership to a new level.

To a question, the spokesperson further said at the weekly news briefing, “China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners, and the relationship between the two countries has been running at a high level”.

PM Imran, Chinese President discuss strengthening of bilateral ties, CPEC

BEIJING: Imran Khan, who is on his first official visit to China after assuming charge as Pakistan’s prime minister, met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday.

The meeting between the heads of the states took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. High-level delegations from both the sides were also in attendance.

The two sides discussed strengthening of bilateral relations and matters of mutual regional and international interests, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. They also reviewed all the aspects of Pakistan-China strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked President Xi Jinping for extending warm hospitality to him upon arrival.

Praising China’s progress, PM Imran said President Xi’s vision and leadership are exemplary and China’s phenomenal achievements are worth emulating. He further said he had come to China to learn.

“My party has only been in power for two months. Unfortunately we have inherited a very difficult economic situation,” PM Imran said, as quoted by Reuters.

“Countries go in cycles. They have their high points, they have their low points. Unfortunately, our country is going through a low point at the moment with two very big deficits, a fiscal deficit and a current account deficit. And so we, as I’ve said, have come to learn.”

President Xi told the Pakistani premier that he highly valued the two countries’ relations, reaffirming they were “all-weather” friends.

“I attach great importance to China-Pakistan relations and am willing to work together with the prime minister to strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and build a new era of China-Pakistan destiny,” Xi said.

During the meeting, PM Imran extended an invitation to President Xi to visit Pakistan.

According to sources, PM Imran also took the Chinese premier into confidence regarding investments from other countries in CPEC.

Pakistan is expected to receive $6 billion economic package from China during PM Imran’s visit, the sources said. A loan of $1.5 billion and a grant of $1.5 billion are expected to be offered, along with an additional package of $3 billion for CPEC.

$1.5 billion are expected to be deposited in the State Bank of Pakistan, while Pakistan Railways may also be included in the package.

The Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, told Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a separate meeting that China would not let Pakistan down.

“The Chinese side will continue to provide support and help to the best of its ability for Pakistan´s economic and social development and national construction,” China´s Foreign Ministry cited Wang as saying, without giving details.

PM Imran reached China on Thursday night, where he was welcomed by Chinese Transport Minister and Ambassador to Pakistan, Li Xiaopeng and Yao Jing, respectively, at the Beijing Capital International Airport.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar, and Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid are accompanying the premier. Abdul Razak Dawood, the adviser to Khan on commerce, textiles, industries production and investment, and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal are also with the PM on his China visit.

On November 3, PM Imran will visit the Monument to the People’s Heroes at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and also meet the chairman of the National People’s Congress.

He will meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang the same day, when the two countries are expected to sign a series of agreements.

On November 4, the PM will speak at the Central Party School before leaving for Shanghai to participate in the first China International Import Expo. The premier will be a keynote speaker at the inauguration of the expo, and among 18 heads of state and government who will be attending the expo.

More than 2,800 companies from 130 countries and regions, and 160,000 buyers from over 80,000 Chinese and foreign companies will participate in the expo.

‘Lot to learn from China’

Prior to his departure to Beijing, PM Imran said Pakistan could learn more from its all-weather strategic partner China than any other country in the world.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, the premier said: “We have a lot to learn from China. China went through a lot of problems that we face right now.

“Like Pakistan, China too had a lot of corruption and poverty. But the way it has dealt with corruption and poverty has been an example for not just Pakistan but for a lot of the developing world.

“We can learn more from China because China has recently developed as opposed to western economies, which are way ahead of us in terms of their development evolution,” he noted.

The prime minister also stressed the economic potential of the CPEC. “It has given a great opportunity to Pakistan to bring in foreign investment and get out of the difficult economic situation which we are in.

Pakistan has enormous potential, but unfortunately through mismanagement, we have not really achieved that potential through poor governance, [and] corruption being one of the main reasons.

“Corruption is always a reason that stops a country from achieving its potential,” he had said, adding that China could share with Pakistan its expertise in fighting white-collar crime, which the PTI-led government was also trying to combat.

PM Imran said the main plank of his party’s manifesto was to bring people out of poverty, and that it was one area where he looked forward to meeting the Chinese leadership and learning from all the various steps taken by China to bring its people out of poverty.

Cricket hero Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

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Islamabad: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony on Saturday, officially taking over the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country after his party’s victory in a July 25 general election.

Khan, 65, was elected the day before in a confidence vote by the National Assembly and is expected to lead a coalition government.

 

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chairman took his oath of office on Saturday to become Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the third largest party in the House that joined the PML-N and others in an opposition alliance, withdrew its support from Sharif’s candidacy for premier days before the election and abstained from voting.

One member of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), which contested elections under the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) banner, also abstained from voting for either candidate.

Khan, 65, was elected by 176 votes compared to the 96 of his opposition rival Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N. The former cricket star’s ascent became certain after PPP, the third largest group, abstained from the vote and declined to back Sharif’s candidacy, despite both parties claiming rigging and military manipulation at the July 25 ballot. Khan pledged to investigate the charges and the army has consistently denied the allegations.

Khan will now have to focus on Pakistan’s rapidly deteriorating finances, as the US continues to pressure the nuclear-armed nation over its alleged support for insurgent groups. It is only the second successful, consecutive transfer of power between civilian governments in a country that has been ruled directly by the military for almost half its 71-year existence.

Promises to keep

After galvanising voters, particularly Pakistan’s large young electorate, Khan’s PTI has made promises to both expand social spending, while attempting to fix the economy and rebuild the nation’s depleted finances.

Despite forming a majority with the support of independents and several smaller parties, Khan’s ability to govern and push through reforms will continue to be tested.

“Even within the PTI-led government, extensive horse-trading is likely needed to get policies passed,” Fitch Solutions said in a report last week. “We are sceptical regarding the new government’s ability to fulfil its campaign promises given its weak margin of victory and resource constraints.”

Khan’s party has already flagged that urgency is needed to deal with Pakistan’s dwindling reserves, which have dropped at the fastest pace in Asia this year, to $10.4 billion. The nation’s current-account deficit has widened by 42 per cent to $18 billion in the year through June.

Asad Umar, a senior PTI lawmaker and the incoming finance minister, said in an interview this month that Pakistan may need more than $12 billion to plug the finance gap and a decision on where to source funds from needs to be made by September at the latest.

Many investors, analysts and politicians expect that most or part of that will come from an International Monetary Fund bailout. With Pakistan a key country along its Belt and Road trade route, China has also been providing the South Asian nation with billions of dollars in stopgap loans this year.

Those vast debts to Beijing have prompted worries from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said last month he would be watching to see if Khan’s new government uses IMF funds to pay off the opaque Chinese loans. Umar said he would bring more transparency to the more than $60 billion Belt and Road infrastructure projects in Pakistan.

During his victory speech on July 26, Khan called for closer ties with China and said he wanted a more “mutually beneficial” relationship with Washington. His comment comes after President Donald Trump cut Pakistan’s military aid and a US push saw the country added to a global anti-money laundering and terror financing agency in June.