A two-day summit of the conference on ‘Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia’ (CICA) opens in the Chinese city of Shanghai today (Tuesday, May 20).

The summit will discuss confidence building measures in defence, politics, economy, culture, new threats and challenges in the region.

A senior Chinese official said eleven foreign heads of states and governments and ten leaders of international organisations will participate in the summit.

President Mamnoon Hussain will represent Pakistan at the summit.

The President in his address at the summit will highlight Pakistan's efforts to curb terrorism and promote peace and stability in the region.

He will also hold meetings with leaders of other countries on the sidelines of the summit and discuss various issues.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also accompanying the President. 

He will discuss with Chinese leadership progress over on-going developmental projects in energy, infrastructure, transport and other sectors.

Talking to newsmen on his arrival at Shanghai airport, Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistan and China are working to speedily implement the Chinese development package of 32 billion dollars.

Shahbaz Sharif said the government and people of Pakistan are grateful to China for extending such a huge financial package.                           

The CICA was established in 1992 as a forum for dialogue and consultations. It now has twenty four member countries and thirteen observers.

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