Mahmood Khan said that Peshawar is the centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its routes to Afghanistan linking central Asia is the most feasible one for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan said that Peshawar is the centre of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its routes to Afghanistan linking central Asia is the most feasible one for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The strategic location of the province is central to the connectivity and overall prosperity of the whole region.
He was addressing the participants of a meeting marking the 69th annual celebrations of Republic of China in Peshawar. Speaker KP Assembly Muhstaq Ahmad Ghani, Senior Minister Atif Khan, Provincial Minister for local government Shehram Tarakai, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China Mr. Yao Jing, government officer, media persons and other guest attended the function. He congratulated the people and government of China on their national day on his own behalf and on behalf of the people of the province. Reciprocating the same sentiments, Mr. Yao Jing Ambassador of the Republic of China thanked the Chief Minister and hoped that the present and future cooperation will further cement the already durable and time tested relations between the two countries. The Chief Minister said that we as nation have no words to define the value of the friendship with the people of China. From any count, it is time tested; from any angle it matches to the ground realities; from any aspect it is best option to create opportunities for well-being of our respective people on mutual interest basis and it is also being acknowledged by our people on the same lines. This reality in itself bears great advantage, he added.
He said that the close geographical proximity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province indeed enjoys the special advantage. Not only the historic city Peshawar but all our major cities have been host to Chinese traders since long.
Later, talking to Chinese Ambassador at Chief Minister House Peshawar, Mr. Mahmood Khan reiterated his government’s stance for stable and durable cooperation with the China. On the recommendations of Chinese Ambassador for making Reshakai Economic Zone, the priority one and other projects under the CPEC in the province, the Chief Minister assured all out cooperation in this regard. Secretary Physical Planning Shahab Ali Shah is the focal person of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Chinese Deputy Ambassador is the focal person from the Chinese side. Additional Chief Secretary Shahzad Bangash, Secretary P&D Shahab Ali Shah and Amjad Aziz Malik were also present on the occasion.
The meeting focused on the bilateral relations with focus on projects in different sectors in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Chinese Ambassador congratulated the Chief Minister for farming the government for the second time in the province. He also briefed the Chief Minister about the fresh progress in different areas with the Government of Pakistan. The Ambassador showed his interest for investment in the province which the Chief Minister welcomed.
Mahmood Khan said that work on the Reshakai Economic Zone was going on. The respective departments have already been directed for complete preparation, he added.
Chinese Ambassador indicated his interest in seven energy projects on IPP mode. He also expressed willingness to cooperate with the provincial government in the improvement of infrastructure in social sectors of erstwhile FATA, agriculture sector development in southern districts and the development of tourism in the northern districts. The Ambassador also agreed for joint ventures with the private sector of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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