President Xi visits Pakistani pavilion at China international import expo

Ikram Bukhari


Chinese President Xi Jniping visited Paksitan Pavilion at China International Import Expo. He was received by the Prime Minister Imran Khan, members of the Cabinet and CM Balochistan. He was briefed by the Secretary Commerce Mohammad Younus Dagha.

President Xi was accompanied by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Russian Prime  Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

Younus Dagha briefed the dignitaries about the theme of the Pavilion which represented five important trade sectors of Pakistan.

He informed that Textiles and Apparels employ 38% of industrial workforce with 8.5% share in GDP and make up for more than 70% of our exports with leather and made ups, for many international brands. The fastest growth has been in the garments sector which provides jobs to female workers.

He told that Pakistan has the privilege of not only having the world renowned sportsmen but also have the distinction of competing in quality and winning the contracts for supply of sports goods for top brands and prestigious events. The last two FIFA world cups including the one this year in Russia were played with Pakistan made footballs.

He said that with the marvelous archeological sites of the world’s oldest civilization in the south and the meeting point of the three majestic mountain ranges known as “the roof of the world” in the north, the tourism sector in Pakistan offers unlimited opportunities for the hospitality sector investors.

Many production deficiencies have been met in the past decades not only turning the country into self-sufficiency but also producing exportable surplus. Sugar, Fertilizer, Cement, Pharmaceuticals, Home appliances, Electrical goods and Auto-parts are now taking shares in our exports. The new government is improving the policy framework to attract more investments in manufacturing sector to increase our capacity to export.

He told them while we are exporting the aromatic Basmati rice, the most delicious mangoes and juiciest of mandarins in more than 70 countries, the storage, processing and preservation are the areas where joint ventures and knowledge transfers can bring rapid gains.

Pakistan has one of the smallest carbon footprints (sixth largest population with only 0.4% of world’s carbon dioxide emissions), still we are playing a larger role by first completing the project of one billion tree plantations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the leadership of the Prime Minister during the past few years and now a plan for ten billion tree plantations during the next five years. Prime Minister Imran Khan explained the environment friendly policy and initiatives of the government.

He said that the vision of HE President Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road Initiative, has opened new avenues for the two brotherly countries for mutual cooperation.

President Xi took great interest in the products of Pakistan. He appreciated the Prime Minister’s interest in the improvement of the environment and extended his country’s support for the initiative. He congratulated PM Imran Khan on his successful visit.