Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Kyrgyzstan could play an important role in linking Eurasian Economic Zone and Europe with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He expressed these views while taking to Ambassador of Republic of Kyrgyzstan Erik Beishembiev who called on him on Friday. He said CPEC was a key to economic future of Pakistan and prosperity of the people of the region.

He invited Kyrgyz investors to come to Pakistan and take advantage of immense economic potential here. He also informed that the National Assembly was going to arrange a seminar on CPEC in December 2019 to showcase the huge economic potential generated to its subsequence.

He said that immense economic potential had been generated in Pakistan after the advent of CPEC. He said that road infrastructure and energy projects had almost been completed which are backbone of any economic activity.

The speaker said Pakistan attached immense importance to its relations with Kyrgyzstan which were intertwined in eternal bonds of religion, history and culture. He said geographical location of Kyrgyzstan was of utmost importance and it could play role of bridge among Pakistan, Eurasian Economic Zone and Europe.

He proposed that the ambassador might arrange interaction of Kyrgyz business community with investment and trade officials in Pakistan. He also asked for enhancing people-to-people contacts for further cementing relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. He appreciated Kyrgyz support to Pakistan on international and regional forums on all issues especially issue of Kashmir and its resolution in accordance with the UN resolutions.

Ambassador Erik Beishembiev said Kyrgyz investors would like to participate in the economic activity in Pakistan for which initiation of direct air links between Islamabad and Bishkek would play an important role. He also suggested for joint ventures between manufacturing sector for consumption in Eurasian Economic Zone and Europe. He said Kyrgyzstan was a partner in Eurasian Economic Union and could play its role in that regard. The ambassador also suggested for interaction at parliamentary level.

He said that his country also attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said those bonds were eternal and getting strength with the passage of time. He said his country would always stand by Pakistan on all the issues at regional and international forums.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019