Chinese Ambassador responds over media reports of objections on foreign investment in CPEC SEZs

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Chinese Ambassador responds over media reports of objections on foreign investment in CPEC SEZs

ISLAMABAD:Chinese Ambassador responds over media reports of objections on foreign investment in CPEC Special Economic Zones.

China’s Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing has said that Beijing would welcome investment into Pakistan’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) from other countries. He also said that the Chinese investors were showing keen interest to invest in these SEZs.

“The private businesses have come into joint ventures (JVs) of tyres, manufacturing of buses and trucks and textiles in the last six months.

More Chinese investors are interested to come and invest in the SEZs. We welcome the participation of other countries intoSEZs under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” the Chinese ambassador said during the "Dialogue on Industrial Cooperation under CPEC and SEZs Framework" organized by the Board of Investment here on Tuesday.

The Chinese Ambassador, Yao Jing, and PM's Adviser on Commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood, also addressed the event, which was also attended by businessmen, academia, government officials, members of diplomatic community and other important stakeholders.

Ambassador Jing said that the second phase of CPEC would engage the private sector, local community and the society at large.

He underlined that the current phase of CPEC would cover industrial cooperation, agriculture cooperation, social protection, poverty alleviation and cooperation in science and technology to boost the economy of Pakistan and to raise the the level of skills and living standards of the population.

He added that the CPEC objectives are for the mutual benefit of both countries. The ambassador also appreciated the vision of the government under Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood, said that Pakistan overcame the energy crisis with Chinese help and now Islamabad was seeking assistance in areas of agriculture, industrial cooperation and up-gradation of main rail line.

“Our strategy for the future of Pakistan is being prepared considering China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Special Economic Zones being developed under CPEC,” he said. Dawood laid out the framework of the economic development strategy and said that the future lies in export-led growth strategy, making SEZs development vital to improve the capacity and to complement the export requirements of the country.