BEIJING    -  Chinese government expects Pakistan’s major participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) that is scheduled to take place in Shanghai from November 5 to 10.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is among the top dignitaries who have been invited to attend the opening session of the CIIE that reflects China’s sincere desire to step up its trade ties with Pakistan. The expo provides a major opportunity to Pakistani public and private sectors to take benefit of it for overcoming the existing trade deficit in the bilateral trade.

In this high-profile business event, Pakistan has been granted a status of ‘Guest of Honur’.  This ensures the provision of all possible facilities and benefits to the Pakistani pavilion. It is also a reflection of special gesture of goodwill towards Pakistan, especially when the country’s Prime Minister is going to participate in it.

According to Pakistan's Ambassador Masood Khalid, a pavilion of Pakistani companies exporting various items to China will be set up at the expo. This will facilitate enhancing Pakistan’s export to China and to improve its balance of trade position between the two countries.

“We expect Pakistan’s participation in the CIIE in a big way. It will be a great opportunity for the Pakistani traders to explore the Chinese market and enhance their export to China, said an official of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Chinese Envoy in Islamabad Yao Jing had stated earlier that the CIIE could help Pakistan to overcome trade imbalance between the two countries. The Chinese embassy in Islamabad will be fully facilitating the Pakistani businessmen to avail the opportunity, he added.

The CIIE is the world's first large-scale national exhibition to be centred around imports. Driven by continued supply-side structural reform and the comprehensive implementation of innovation-driven development strategies in recent years, China is in the process of developing a new form of consumption-led economic growth.

A total of 2,800 companies from all the G20 member states, as well as 50 countries and regions along the Belt and Road will participate in the expo. Of the world's 44 least developed countries, more than 30 will be present at the event.

As the event is drawing near, goods from foreign exhibitors have arrived at local customs. Shanghai has opened green channels for the products, significantly cutting the time needed for them to be unloaded and stored in local warehouses.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Want Yi on Sunday visited the Pakistan pavilion at the International Charity Bazaar held in Beijing’s National Stadium and appreciated the participation of Pakistan for the noble cause of assisting humanity.

Wang Yi who was welcomed by Ambassador Masood Khalid, his spouse and other senior officials of the Embassy took a keen interest in Pakistani cuisines, handicrafts and Pakistan made footballs.

The event was organised by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation, with representatives of about a hundred foreign missions, international organizations and companies in the attendance.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Masood Khalid said the event brought the diplomatic community together for a common cause and helped in further cementing the existing spirit of friendly cooperation.

“This year we will join China's efforts in elevating the lives of the poor and those in need in the country,” he added. He said that China had made remarkable efforts in poverty alleviation and it had lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty over the past 40 years and it planned to eliminate poverty totally by 2020-2021.

Ambassador Masood Khalid informed that Pakistan embassy had remained actively engaged in this activity throughout.

Spouses of our diplomats, Pakistan Embassy College Beijing’s teachers and students have enthusiastically participated and diligently worked to make the event a grand success, he added. He said the event also provided a firsthand experience to see different cultures with Chinese fusion. In such cross-cultural exchanges, one could traverse the world in just a few hours.

From Asia to Africa; from Europe to America and to as far as Australia one can experience a variety in music, arts, dances, handicrafts and of course food. The cuisine was a one-stop centre for all the participants to taste and savour an array of food from different parts of the globe.

Head of Chancery, Pakistan Embassy, Asim Ali Khan informed that Pakistan pavilion was one of the largest as four stalls were set up. Pakistan pavilion remained very popular and Pakistani food, handicrafts and traditional dresses showcased to highlight and promote Pakistani culture generated a lot of interest among the participants, he added.

Pakistani pavilion was a huge success due to a display of ethnic embroidered dresses, shawls, bags, cushion, marble artefacts, carved boxes, carpets and especially footballs. Pakistani food was a favourite item and attracted the attention of the visitors. An exquisite and stunning performance by students of Pakistan Embassy College Beijing attired in colourful traditional dresses enthralled the wider Chinese and international audience.