PM Kakar in China to attend 3rd Belt and Road forum

PM Kakar in China to attend 3rd Belt and Road forum

Beijing (Web Desk/Agencies): Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Monday arrived in China's Beijing to participate in the 3rd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation.

According to a press release issued by Prime Minister's PM Office Media Wing, at the airport, the premier was warmly received by Chinese Minister of Science & Technology, Wang Zhigang, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Jiang Zaidong and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Moin-ul-Haq.

PM Kakar is undertaking the visit at the invitation of China’s President Xi Jinping. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation including members of the cabinet and senior government officials.

He would will attend the Opening Ceremony of the BRF and address the High-Level Forum titled ‘Connectivity in an Open Global Economy’ to be held on 18 October 2023.

The caretaker prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Qiang and Li Xi, member of the Standing Committee of Politburo of CPC Central Committee.

The leaders will discuss all facets of bilateral relations, with particular focus on strengthening trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

They will exchange views on major regional and global developments. The Prime Minister will also meet with other leaders of countries participating in the BRF.

While in China, PM Kakar will meet with leading Chinese entrepreneurs and preside over an interactive roundtable on CPEC to explore new avenues for strengthening trade and investment ties between Pakistan and China.

To further strengthen regional connectivity, trade, investment and people-to-people contacts between the neighbouring regions of Pakistan and China, Prime Minister Kakar will pay a two-day visit to Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

In Urumqi, he will meet the local leadership and business persons and deliver a speech at the Xinjiang University.

"The visit of the Prime Minister comes in the backdrop of ongoing celebrations marking the ten years of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)," it was added.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) ahead of departure, the premier said he is looking forward to strengthening ties, engaging in dialogues, forging new partnerships, and promoting regional connectivity for a brighter future.