ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday said the government would provide full support and facilitation to foreign companies interested to invest in Pakistan.

Talking to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Siemens AG Joe Kasser at the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos, he assured Siemens of complete support for any such initiatives.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Ali Jehangir Siddiqui and senior government officials were also present, a press release received here said.

The prime minister appreciated the very long association of Siemens AG with Pakistan, particularly in the power generation and distribution sectors. Cooperation for advanced education and training opportunities of young Pakistani engineers in the field of electrical engineering, seismic data processing and research and development (R&D) were discussed during the meeting.

He invited CEO of Siemens to consider establishment of an R&D centre in Pakistan and committed full government's support and facilitation in this regard.  The prime minister informed the CEO of Siemens of the vast opportunities emerging out of massive infrastructure and energy development during last four years.

The CEO of Siemens offered to bring in an integrated technology, training, HR development and financing solutions for both power and gas sectors and also to further strengthen their presence in health and education sectors.

Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics and it was incorporated in Pakistan in 1953. Currently, Siemens is providing machinery and equipment for the 1,263 MW Jhang Power Plant and has recently won the Jamshoro Coal turbine contract.

Talking to Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) President Jin Liqun during a meeting at the WEF, the PM said Pakistan was the most enthusiastic supporter of the bank in its early stages and expressed the desire for building a strong and sustainable relationship with it.

The prime minister said the socio-economic integration and uplift of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was a major priority of the government of Pakistan. He emphasized that funding for water storage dams in FATA region would help in reintegrating and uplifting the region seamlessly.

The prime minister also sought the support of AIIB for implementation of some of shovel ready projects in water conservation, infrastructure and energy sectors. He also invited president AIIB to visit Pakistan.

Talking to the Chief Executive Officer of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Tadashi Maeda here on the sidelines of the WEF at Davos, Switzerland, the prime minister said Pakistan had made tremendous achievements towards political stability, law and order, energy security, and economic growth in the last few years.

"We are hoping that these positive indicators will incite Japanese companies and businesses to enhance their ties," he said. He reiterated that Pakistan and Japan enjoyed a very long and cherished history of economic cooperation that was of immense importance to Pakistan.

The prime minister hoped that the JBIC would support Japanese companies in their investments in Pakistan particularly in the energy sector.

He said there were 84 Japanese companies currently operating in Pakistan and many more were expected to enter Pakistani market at an exponential rate. He invited the JBIC to open its operations in Pakistan.

The JBIC CEO appreciated the economic stability achieved by Pakistan and evinced interest for investments in energy and telecom sectors.

The JBIC has 15 international offices including London, New Delhi Dubai, Moscow, Beijing, Bangkok and represents 40% of Japan's official development assistance. It has a market capitalization of US $ 16.8 billion. The JBIC also provided funding for Kohat tunnel (I &II) and other infrastructure projects.

Talking to Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Sigve Brekke during a meeting at the WEF, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appreciated the investment made by Telenor in Pakistan, which led to employment opportunities.

The prime minister appreciated that Telenor created jobs for around 130,000 Pakistanis, directly and indirectly.

He acknowledged Telenor's investment in the training and development of its workforce and thanked the Telenor's CEO for providing Pakistanis the opportunity to work in a progressive environment.

Recalling the inauguration of Telenor's new headquarter in Islamabad, the prime minister said he was pleased to observe the state-of-the-art facility that had set new standards for workplace environment in Pakistan.

The Telenor's CEO thanked the prime minister for facilitating Telenor's operations in Pakistan and expressed the hope to further expand operations, including trainings to the Pakistani workforce in the latest telecom technologies.

He also indicated that Telenor was actively looking at new investment opportunities in the liberal policy environment and a supportive regulatory regime had provided the incentives for more investment.

Talking to Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dara Khowsroshahi, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appreciated Uber for spearheading the model of a "sharing economy" and invited the global taxi company to partner with Pakistani banks and the Prime Minister's Youth Programme to help drivers in financing vehicles for Uber.

The prime minister and the UBER's CEO discussed the avenues and opportunities regarding effective participation by Uber in Pakistan's economy in a meaningful manner.

Abbasi said that the Pakistani market held a lot of potential for the Uber, which could provide the commuters added value for money.