Prime Minister Imran Khan, who arrived in China on Tuesday morning, while heading to an event in Beijing, said he wished he could follow the example of Chinese President Xi Jinping and send 500 corrupt individuals in Pakistan to jail.
Speaking at the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the prime minister said that one thing he had learned from China was how the country's leaders addressed corruption.
"One of President Xi Jinping's biggest crusades has been against corruption," he said, adding that he had heard that some 400 "people at the ministerial level" had been convicted of corruption charges and imprisoned in the last five years in China.
Imran was referring to the fierce Xi anti-corruption campaign launched in 2012 that reportedly generated more than 1.3 million officials at various levels, from the elite to the ordinary.
"I wish I could follow President Xi's example and put 500 corrupt people in Pakistan in jail," the prime minister said, unfortunately processing [cases] in Pakistan it was "very cumbersome".
He considered corruption as one of the biggest impediments to investment in a country.
Prime Minister Imran said that the most important thing Pakistan could learn from China was the way it brought people out of poverty.
"What inspires me most about China is the way 700 million people have been removed from poverty in 30 years," he said. "This has never happened in human history."
The prime minister said that since his government came to power, he had made a conscious decision to make it easier for investors to come to Pakistan.
"We want them to make a profit in Pakistan.
"The Office of the Prime Minister is pushing opportunities for people to invest in our country. The ease of doing business comes from the Office of the Prime Minister. We just formed a CPEC Authority because we were having problems in CPEC projects because they were under a lot of Different ministries
"We have now decided that there will be an authority that will solve all CPEC problems, and that authority will be the Office of the Prime Minister, so that my office can facilitate the investment of people in Pakistan."
The prime minister related several steps that Pakistan had taken, including the completion of phase one of the Gwadar Free Zone.
He said there were several reasons for people to invest in Pakistan, including its strategic location, young population and economic revival taking place in the country, particularly the progress made in the ease of doing business, as well as industrial groups through of special economic groups. zones (EEZ).
Prime Minister Imran named the sectors in which Pakistan wanted Chinese investments: textiles, manufacturing, IT and financial services, physical and technological logistics, tourism and hospitality, food processing and agriculture, housing, as well as oil and gas.
The prime minister stressed that now was the time to invest in Pakistan.
"The Office of the Prime Minister will deal with the main investors in our country and the CPEC will try again from the Office of the Prime Minister."
"It is an exciting time in Pakistan because by opening our country for business, it is a great opportunity for people to come and invest, and as we change the mentality in Pakistan, we want companies to come and earn money."
Later, the prime minister arrived at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where he was received by his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.
According to Pakistan RadioPrime Minister Imran received an honor guard for an intelligent contingent at the official welcome ceremony where national anthems were played for China and Pakistan.
The Chinese prime minister was also introduced to the members of the Pakistani delegation.
Earlier, the president of the Gezhouba Group of China, Lyu Zexiang, among other businessmen, called the prime minister.
According to a FO press release, China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), one of the most competitive listed companies with very strong financial capabilities in China, showed great interest in exploring new trade routes in Pakistan, particularly in the energy sector.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Planning, Development and Reform Khusro Bakhtiar, President of the Investment Board Zubair Gillani, Federal Minister of Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Commerce, Textile, Industry, Production and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood and Assistant Special to the Prime Minister of Petroleum, Nadeem Babar, were present at the meeting.
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Later, Foreign Minister Qureshi, while talking to the media, said Pakistan is trying to further strengthen bilateral relations with China.
Speaking about the interaction with the Chinese business community, the minister said the Pakistani delegation informed them about the measures taken for the security of foreigners. He said the Chinese were informed that Pakistan has raised a special division for their security.
Qureshi noted that the CPEC Authority has also been established to facilitate projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
"We have also talked about incentives for Chinese entrepreneurs in Pakistan," he said.
He added that Islamabad wants to strike a balance in bilateral trade between the two countries. He expressed the hope that economic connectivity between the two countries will facilitate the region, particularly its landlocked countries.
Arrival of the Prime Minister to Beijing
Prime Minister Imran arrived in Beijing on Tuesday morning. According to a press release from the Foreign Office (FO), the prime minister was received by China's culture minister Luo Shugang, China's ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, and Pakistan's ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi.
Upon arrival, an intelligently presented contingent presented the Static Guard of the Three Services to the Prime Minister.
Read: Imran to discuss the situation in Kashmir, CPEC with Xi
On Monday, the prime minister's office said during his visit from October 8 to 9 to China, Prime Minister Imran would meet with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Beijing to discuss the security situation in the disputed region of Kashmir, as well as economic ties.
"The visit will be essential to further consolidate Pakistan's economic, investment and strategic ties with China," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.
Before the departure of the prime minister, the chief of the Army General Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, arrived in China on an official visit, the army media wing said.