Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived Baijing today on his official visit to China. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Wi Dong and other high authorities of China warmly welcomed the Prime Minister and his delegation at airport. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, 28 heads of state and government had confirmed to attend the forum.
Prime Minister Naweaz Sharif is representing Pakistan. Besides heads of state and government UN Secretary General António Guterres, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde will attend the roundtable summit at invitation. Over 1200 representatives will attend the forum.
President Xi Jinping will inaugurate the opening ceremony and chair the leaders' roundtable.

Host: Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman

Analysts on Telephone:

Maj Gen (Retd) Zahir Shah (Expert on CPEC):

Belt and Road forum is vital. Chinese President during his visit to Pakistan in 2014 signed a number of development projects through China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. Prime Minister is on a visit to China to attend Belt and Road forum accompanied by Federal Ministers and CMs of all four provinces will hold meeting with many officials. China is having the second largest economy in the world and Pakistan should take maximum advantage of it. In my opinion, CPEC is a win-win situation for Pakistan and other countries in the region. The economy of the country has been improving which is good news.

Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi (Expert on CPEC):

Heads of State of almost 28 countries have been participating in Belt and Road Forum's meeting. China is leading the economy of the world. CPEC will link different regions with each other. Job opportunities will be created and certain industrial zones will also be established. This game changer project will definitely improve trade relations between many countries. European countries have also expressed willingness to be the part of CPEC.

Dr. Shahid Hassan Siddiqui (Economist):

China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a project that will change the destiny of our country as the economy of Pakistan will be strengthened. PM is accompanied with all the four Chief Ministers and Federal ministers. This summit will be helpful in improving the foreign investment in Pakistan. All the countries in the region are going to be benefitted through CPEC. Many countries in the world have realized that it is in their national interest to be the part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. Pakistani people should also support the government in efforts to improve the economy of the country by paying the taxes honestly. The government should emphasize on improving health and education sectors. 

Dr. Murtaza Mughal (President, Pakistan Economy Watch):

Prime Minister is pro-active and working on its agenda to improve the economy of the country by utilizing all available resources. We will have long-term benefits of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. Prime Minister during his visit to China will definitely motivate the foreign investors to invest in development projects in Pakistan. 

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