ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Sha Zukang, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations and current President of China-Pakistan Friendship Association, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Ambassador Sha is leading a delegation of major Chinese companies visiting Pakistan to explore Pakistan’s business potential and to invest in the country. Prime Minister Imran Khan while welcoming Ambassador Sha’s delegation to Pakistan underscored the closeness and depth of Pakistan-China ties. Underlining that CPEC was a transformational project, the Prime Minister invited the Chinese companies and investors to invest in diverse sectors in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan added that CPEC, a flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s BRI, was helping reinforce economic development not only of Pakistan but would also contribute to regional prosperity. Its second phase will focus on industrialization, agriculture and socio-economic development.

During the call, Ambassador Sha underscored that Pakistan and China were All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partners and their partnership was aimed at promoting peace, development and prosperity in the region.

He emphasized that the special relationship between the two countries was reflected in expression of warmth by Chinese people towards Pakistan at every occasion. Ambassador Sha stressed that the Chinese investors were confident about Pakistan’s economic potential and hoped that the economic relationship between the countries would reach the level of their excellent political relations.

Ambassador Sha’s delegation includes companies related to real estate, construction, engineering, textile, IT and industrial sectors. The delegation visited Peshawar today and is also scheduled to visit Lahore, Karachi and Gawadar.

The delegation will meet leading bankers, industrialists, entrepreneurs, financial experts, business chambers, and senior officials to deepen its insights and understanding of the economic opportunities in Pakistan.