H. E. Nong Rong, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan called on SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar today. Secretary Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD), Muhammad Ali Shahzada was also present. Dr. Sania said, “We congratulate Chinese government and leadership for momentous achievement of eradicating extreme poverty China. It is unprecedented in human history that 770 million people have been taken out of extreme poverty in a span of over 40 years.” During the meeting, Chinese Ambassador and Dr. Sania discussed a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is being framed between the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division of Pakistan aimed at establishing a platform for collaboration around poverty eradication. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Dr. Sania said, “We are working on the final details of the MOU. The Framework will provide both countries an opportunity to capitalize on sharing of experiences in poverty eradication. The collaboration established as a result, therefore, will enable Pakistan to benefit from evidence and lessons in poverty eradication from the China’s experience on the one hand. On the other hand, it will enable Pakistan to disseminate lessons from Ehsaas, which is a unique multisectoral approach to tackling poverty.” Dr. Sania also congratulated Mr. Nong Rong on his appointment as China’s Ambassador to Pakistan. Dr. Sania reiterated the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for poverty eradication. “Not only is CPEC a remarkable demonstration of our time-tested friendship, it is also an ideal milieu for socio-economic development which will contribute to uplifting people and graduating them out of poverty” she said. Further, Dr. Sania congratulated and reiterated the close iron brother ties between China and Pakistan. She termed the upcoming collaboration as a welcome initiative. While commenting on the importance of CPEC, she said that CPEC is a paradigm of development and that socio-economic development under CPEC will contribute to poverty alleviation in Pakistan.