ISLAMABAD, Feb.11 (APP): Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza here on Monday said that people to people contact and cooperation at local government’s level can further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and China.
Meeting with the representatives of Provincial Government for Pak-China Year of Friendship Sister Provinces and Cities 2019, the minister said that under Pakistan-China Sister Cities, there were a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs)signed between different cities of both countries but those were generally dormant with no economic cooperation, however, the leadership of the two countries agreed to enhance exchanges and dialogue between leaders at provincial or city levels to expand cooperation, she added.
Fehmida Mirza underscored the importance of investing more in socio-economic sector and said that it was a high time for Pakistan and China to engage more deeply.
She further stated that establishing new provinces or sister cities relationships between the two countries is the spirit of 2019 Year of Friendship Sister Provinces/Cities.
The Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination was made the focal ministry in this regard. “It is a great opportunity to enhance our cooperation with China in different areas”, she said.
The minister directed the representatives of different provincial governments and cities to formulate proposals, with a defined time frame and budgetary allocations, to identify the desired areas of cooperation, including exchange between the local governments, Heads and Deputy Heads, enhancement of trade and investment, energy or industrial linkages, exchange of culture, sports, tourism, youth exchanges, agriculture and people to people contact with their Sister Cities of China.
The minister stressed the provinces and Cities to come up with innovative ideas to enhance engagement with different cities of China.
Moreover it was informed that Nominations of the focal persons to coordinate provincial governments will also be finalized at the earliest.