Ahsan Iqbal holds a session with Pakistani students in Beijing
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Ahsan Iqbal holds a session with Pakistani students in Beijing

Ahsan Iqbal in Beijing

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI) Prof Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary held an interactive session with Pakistani students residing in Beijing, China.

He emphasized the need for the nation to work in collaboration mode instead of conflict mode. Pakistan needs to be united to a turnaround. He directed the embassy to hold regular seminars with the students and forward their suggestions to the government for implementation.

Commending the valuable contributions of overseas Pakistanis in the country’s economic growth and national development, the Minister briefed the Pakistani Diaspora, about the government’s reforms initiative for the revival of Pakistan’s economy by presenting the 5Es economic recovery agenda that articulates the government’s efforts to stabilize the economy by prioritizing export, promoting e- Pakistan to focus on Pakistan’s potential in digital technologies by empowering its youth, safeguarding the environment to mitigate against climate change and ensuring water and food security, developing energy sector for making it affordable and shifting from fossil fuel to renewables, promoting equity in the country through education, health and targeting poorest areas for accelerated development.

The Minister emphasized the transformational impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in enhancing economic and trade relations between China and Pakistan thus promoting sustainable economic growth in Pakistan. He underlined that Pakistan and China are committed to the high-quality development of CPEC through its mutually reinforcing industrial, trade, health, digital, and green corridors.

Ahsan Iqbal mentioned that the core reason for Pakistan lagging behind other countries was political instability and discontinuity in economic policies. Economic policies need a minimum of a decade’s continuity to give dividends. The present government is reviving the old momentum and trying hard to bring back investor confidence in Pakistan, he said.

Later, the prominent community members, professionals, academics, and students asked questions that were answered by the Minister.

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