Kuwait welcomed to be part of SEZs under CPEC
by Mariam Raheem
ISLAMABAD, June 4 (Gwadar Pro) - Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chairman CPEC Authority, offered Kuwait to be a part of Special Economic Zones and discussed the future prospects of Kuwait-Pakistan joint ventures through this historic initiative. “CPEC route will be a secure and cost-effective route for trade between Kuwait and China, which will reduce the time of travel by 24 days and will save $ 1,457 on each container. It is right time to join CPEC and Kuwait is urged to seize the opportunity at right time,” he said.
Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa also specifically mentioned the opportunities in the fields of agriculture and industrial cooperation. He gave those remarks on a webinar titled “A brief history of Kuwait-Pakistan Bilateral relation and CPEC” organized by Asian Institute of Eco-civilization Research and Development (AIERD) today. Mr. Zahid Latif Khan, chairman AIERD, underlined that Vision 2035 of Kuwait and CPEC provides an excellent opportunity to open new avenues of cooperation.
Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait, H.E. Syed Sajjad Haider, spoke eloquently on the history of Pakistan-Kuwait relations while hoping for greater opportunities in future. He also elaborated on the recent visa development and encouraged both communities to further integrate in terms of business opportunities.
Mr. Mudassir Tipu, DG China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted at the occasion that CPEC is a transformational project and has played a critical role in promoting growth and regional connectivity. Pakistan, China, and Kuwait can enter into JVs on CPEC projects and can also invite other countries to participate in the projects. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has been personally monitoring the expeditious completion of CPEC projects. The completion of CPEC projects is a goal very close to the heart of the Prime Minister,” he said.
While addressing the gathering, H.E. Nassar Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi, Ambassador of Kuwait, emphasized that Kuwait needs Pakistan as a brother. He also underlined the contributions of skilled labor of Pakistan in Kuwait and appreciated Pakistan’s support during COVID-19 pandemic. He specifically mentioned the cooperation in the fields of medical and food. “Cooperation under CPEC would be mutually beneficial for both countries.”