BEIJING – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday reached China to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation being held in Beijing on May 14 and 15.

“The Prime Minister is attending the moot at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation and chief ministers of the four provinces,” a press release of the PM House Media Wing issued here said.

The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) is part of the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” (OBOR) initiative launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013.

The BRF is being attended by 27 other Heads of State/Government. The Forum is aimed at promoting common development through win-win cooperation. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship programme of OBOR.

The BRF will comprise a High-Level Dialogue and Leaders’ Roundtable. The Prime Minister will address the High-Level Dialogue as well as both the sessions of Leader’s Roundtable.

A Joint Communique will be issued at the conclusion of the BRF.

The Prime Minister will be one of the three leaders to speak at the concluding session.

Besides attending the BRF, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

A number of Agreements/MoUs related to CPEC projects are also expected to be signed on the occasion.

The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines with several other heads of state/government attending the forum. During his stay in China, the Prime Minister will also visit Hangzhou and Hong Kong where he will interact with business leaders and attend investment conferences. – APP