RAWALPINDI

Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) opened ‘China Week’ on its premises on Wednesday with the aim to further boost country’s economic ties with China.

Chinese Ambassador HE Sun Weidong inaugurated the week in an ornamented ribbon cutting ceremony. Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed also accompanied the Chinese envoy.

RCCI President Mian Humayun Parvez, Senior Vice President Saqib Rafiq, Vice President Muhammad Aqil Obaid, Group Leader Sheikh Shabbir, SM Naseem, former presidents, members of the executive committee and other industrialists, traders and businessmen were present on the occasion.

Different local as well as Chinese companies have established their stalls at the exhibition, displaying cars, motorcycles, leather products, garments and other items. School children presented colorful performances depicting Chinese and Pakistani culture and music. The whole building was decorated in Chinese national color and a small picture gallery reflecting Chinese culture and art was also displayed on the occasion.

While inaugurating the week, Chinese Ambassador said that Pakistan and China enjoyed best mutual, trade, bilateral, social and cultural relations. The government of China and its people has always shown a great affection, love and brotherhood towards Pakistan and its people. “Chinese businessmen always prefer to invest in Pakistan,” he said. The ambassador also praised the RCCI for organizing China Week and offered cooperation in arranging such programmes in future.

China is Pakistan’s largest trading partner and Pakistan is China’s second largest trading partner in South Asia. The trade volume between the two countries has jumped up to approximately 19 billion dollars. 46 billion dollar CPEC is the key project and this shows how much importance China is giving to Pakistan. He said that this year we are going to celebrate 65th anniversary of our diplomatic ties with Pakistan and lot of activities are going on. He invited RCCI President and others to join these events. He ended his address by saying: “PAK CHEEN DOSTI ZINDA BAD” in Urdu. Later, the ambassador visited various stalls and stressed the importance of Pak-China joint ventures.

President RCCI Mian Humayun Parvez said China is Pakistan’s time tested friend. He said that RCCI will hold industrial exhibitions in different countries including China aimed at further promoting the trade relations. He informed that the trade volume between both the neighboring countries has increased to a considerable level however there is a need to increase exports. “We must explore new areas of opportunities. Gem and jewelry, marble, poultry, pharma and information technology can bring a lot of investment in Pakistan.”

Earlier, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed in his address said that Pakistan and China shared a great history of brotherly and time tested relations. He referred to CPEC project and said that this single project will change whole picture of Pakistan’s economy and will set up future economic direction. This project will strengthen the federation as all provinces and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan will benefit from it. “This corridor will benefit all provinces and areas in Pakistan, and transform our country into a regional hub and pivot for commerce and investment”, he added.