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China Watch [July 1–7] Conference on Pak-China film collaboration

Pakistan and China, apart from collaborating in economic cooperation, are also taking steps to promote people to people ties under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), through the promotion of films. Punjab’s Minister for Agriculture, Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial, talked about the agricultural cooperation of Pakistan and China under CPEC, where he said that various items such as rice and mangoes can be exported in abundance to China, after the implementation of the 2nd China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, China, Mr. Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, while addressing the participants at the Talent Cultivation Conference, reiterated the talent and potential Pakistanis possess. Prime Minister’s Adviser on Commerce, Abdul Razak Dawood, has underlined the significance of investment opportunities in the textile sector for industrial development.

Please read below for additional details in this edition of China Watch [July 01 – 07] by CRSS.

Lecture, conference on Pak-China film collaboration:
Pakistan and China, apart from collaborating in economic cooperation, are also taking steps to promote people to people ties under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), through the promotion of films. A daylong conference was held at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), with various speakers from both Pakistan and China, including Jamal Shah, Director General PNCA and the Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy. It was discussed that China currently has 60,000 cinemas and its film industry is advancing rapidly. DG PNCA urged the Chinese to collaborate with Pakistan to revive the Pakistani film industry. Cost of filming is low and Chinese film production companies can use that as a benefit because budget here would be even lower than in China. Strong subjects and good locations could become highlights of the film and win, win both for Pakistan and China.[i]

Steps afoot to boost agriculture products’ exports: minister:
Punjab’s Minister for Agriculture, Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial, talked about the agricultural cooperation of Pakistan and China under CPEC, where he said that various items such as rice and mangoes can be exported in abundance to China, after the implementation of the 2nd China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Addressing a seminar on CPEC, he said that government is devising a strategy that facilitates business procedures in the country, by removing non-tariff barriers and tariffs. Although Pakistan is already exporting rice to China but there is still more room for increasing the quantity.[ii] 

Pakistan’s talent to be employed in OBOR projects: Consul General to Chengdu:
Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, China, Mr. Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, while addressing the participants at the Talent Cultivation Conference, reiterated the talent and potential Pakistanis possess. He further assured that Pakistanis are putting their best effort in making CPEC a success story. Besides the conference, a symbiotic cooperation agreement between Chengdu Chamber of Commerce for commercial services and Pakistan Research Center at Sichuan University to promote education was also signed. The participants of the conference also showed interest in employing Pakistani talent in various Belt and Road projects.[iii]

Dawood seeks investment in textile:
The Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textiles, Industries and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood has highlighted the importance of attracting Chinese investment in Pakistan’s textile industry. A Chinese delegation of National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) was briefed by the adviser about the scope of investment in the textile industry of Pakistan. As CPEC has now entered its phase-II, the focus has shifted from developing infrastructure and energy sector to cooperation in industrial development, creating bright prospects for the textile industry in Pakistan.[iv]

This report is compiled and written by Syeda Uruba Nisar, Social Media Associate at the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), Islamabad.

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[i] Gul, A. (2019, July 7). Lecture, conference on Pak-China film collaboration. The News. Retrieved January 8, 2019, from https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/494806-lecture-conference-on-pak-china-film-collaboration

[ii] Steps afoot to boost agriculture products’ exports: Minister. (2019, July 4). Business Recorder. Retrieved January 8, 2019, from https://fp.brecorder.com/2019/07/20190704494384/

[iii] Pakistan’s talent to be employed in OBOR projects: Consul General to Chengdu. (2019, July 1). The News. Retrieved July 8, 2019, from https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/491865-pakistans-talent-to-be-employed-in-obor-projects-consul-general-to-chengdu

[iv] Dawood seeks investment in textile. (2019, July 3). The Express Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2019, from https://tribune.com.pk/story/2004952/2-dawood-seeks-investment-textile/

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