Category: China Trade Ties
The financing ($17 million) for the project is coming from a Chinese company and is indicative of strong and advancing Afghan-Pakistani relations, which were echoed at the ground-breaking ceremony with Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Sun Weidong (Pakistan’s Chinese Ambassador) and Omar Zakhilwal (Islamabad’s Afghan ambassador).
It is hoped that the building will be complete by 2020.
Omran News quoted ARC China as saying that the Persian Gulf states and China forming long term economic partnerships. This is a very natural direction and as we move closer together in more than economic spheres we will see both the Middle East and China develop cultural and social ties as well.
In fact in my home country of Oman H.E. Maqbool Bin Ali Bin Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry, on Sunday received in his office Zhong Shan, Vice-Minister of Commerce of China and his delegation. The Oman Tribune reports:
The meeting discussed means of promoting economic and trade relations between the two countries and stressed the importance of raising the inter-trade between the Sultanate and China.
It also discussed the field of promoting the non-oil inter-trade by intensive participation of the private sector in both countries in the trade exhibitions held in the two countries to promote local products.
They also discussed the organising of economic seminars to attract investment and cooperation in the fields of energy, infrastructure, telecommunications and means of reaching the free trade agreement between China and the GCC states during which the agreement will cover products and services.
The meeting was attended by Dr Salim Bin Nassir Al Isma’eli, Chief Executive Officer of the Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ociped), a number of senior officials at the commerce and industry ministry, the Chinese ambassador to the Sultanate and the delegation accompanying the Chinese official.