Two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning in Beijing on Sunday-PM will address the forum and expected to meet world leaders on the sidelines

PM is accompanied by a high level delegation including the four chief ministers and Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastgir, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Anusha Rahman and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. The prime minister will attend the inaugural session of the summit and the plenary meeting of high-level dialogue and the state banquet.He will also attend the leaders' roundtable sessions on second day of the forum. Nawaz Sharif will also hold meetings with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang to further promote bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.Many agreements are expected to be signed in connection with China Pakistan Economic Corridor during the visit.The Prime Minister is also expected to meet world leaders on the sidelines of Belt and Road Forum. He will participate in an investment conference and meet with business and corporate leaders.The Prime Minister will also visit Hangzhou and Hong Kong. 

Host : Abid Abbasi 

Co-Host : Rana Qaisar 

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr.Hassan Askari Rizvi (Expert on World Affairs )


Dr.Abdul Wajid Khan (Expert on World Affairs )

Dr.Mahboob ur Rehman (Economist )

Topic : PM chairs the Cabinet meeting on 'Budget Strategy Paper 2017-20' in Islamabad – Government decided to maximise spending in 2017-18 with a six per cent growth target for the national economy.

PM relaxes fiscal deficit limit for next three years.Government decided to maximise spending in 2017-18 with a six per cent growth target for the national economy.As a consequence, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to relax the limit for the fiscal deficit for the next three years. Incentives will be provided to the farmers’ community and key investments will focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), energy, communications and poverty reduction, according to an official announcement. PM also approved the Budget Strategy Paper (BSP) 2017-18 presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. It was perhaps the first time in the last 15 years that the BSP was not shared with the entire federal cabinet even though it used to be presented to parliamentary committees for wider expert input.However, the prime minister’s office said the government will aim to bring down the fiscal deficit to 4pc of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020

Analysts on Telephone :

Dr.Zahid Maqbool (Economist )

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