Islamabad: Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar, held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Finance Minister Mr. Lou Jiwei during the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors at Astana.
The Minister appreciated the Chinese contribution for the economic development of Pakistan. He also conveyed the best wishes from the Prime Minister of Pakistan to the Chinese leadership.
While appreciating the Chinese support for building the economic corridor from Kashkar to Gwadar, both sides agreed to work on an integrated plan for overcoming the difficulties likely to be encountered in the planning and implementation of the economic corridor.
The Finance Minister assured full support for the initiative of establishing economic corridor as it will not only reduce the transportation costs but would also result in the development of the local regional economies through increased connectivity through enhanced levels of movement of people and goods.
The Finance Minister also assured full support to the Chinese Government for the establishment of Asia Infrastructure Bank and appreciated the proposal for its establishment as it is likely to contribute to the development of infrastructure needs of the region.
The Chinese Finance Minister appreciated Pakistan’s plans for the development projects initiated by the present government. Both sides were optimistic that the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank can work in parallel with other agencies for achieving the goals of sustained development.
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