Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to participate in Boao Forum

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will participate in the 2014 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), to be held in China’s Hainan province from April 9-11, at the invitation of the Chinese government.

Foreign Office Spokesperson, giving details of the visit, said the Prime Minister will deliver a speech at the opening plenary of the BFA on April,10 which would be inaugurated by Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang.

Later, he will join other world leaders, including the Prime Ministers of Australia, South Korea and Kazakhstan, at a banquet hosted by the Chinese Premier.

The Prime Minister will also make a keynote speech at a seminar on “Reviving the Silk Road” which will be attended by the leaders of China, Iran and Kazakhstan.

Since its inception in 2001, the BFA has become the largest multilateral forum held annually under the auspices of the Chinese Government. The BFA’s themes are centered on the pursuit of win-win cooperation in Asia.

The international profile of the Forum has risen rapidly, as it attracts a growing number of important political and corporate leaders from around the world with every passing year. The theme of this year’s BFA is Asia’s New Future: Identifying New Growth Drivers.

Besides attending the Forum, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

The two leaders will review the progress in bilateral ties- with particular focus on economic cooperation and the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor since their maiden official visits to each other’s countries last year, as well as President Mamnoon Hussain’s state visit to China in February 2014.