‘Naya Pakistan’ expects Chinese co-op in ten areas: Pak envoy

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BEIJING: Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi has listed more than 10 areas that Pakistan expected investment and welcomed cooperation without a break, including renewable energy, electric vehicles, aviation and transportation, telecommunications, distance education, medical facilities, IT, mechanized agriculture and drip irrigation, pest control and dairy industry.
“It is a huge era of opportunities between Pakistan and China. You must take advantage of the opportunities and possibilities which are now opening up in “New Pakistan,” she told in an interview with China Economic Net (CEN). About the impact of epidemic on the two countries’ economy and trade, Ambassador Hashmi said there was no need to excessively worry about that. “The first and second quarters will be affected, but we should be able to make it up in the third and the fourth quarters. The FTA that has become operational from January this year has already resulted in 17% increase in our exports to China.”
When it came to a proposal on hundreds of Pakistani and Chinese enterprises making joint efforts to achieve small goals of development after the epidemic, she expressed her appreciation, “It’s a very good message. There is no other way of achieving development except when everybody plays his part. The infrastructure projects of the first phase of CPEC have now been completed. The energy shortage is a thing of the past.”
Ambassador Hashmi urged all the entrepreneurs and business people in Pakistan, and urged all the Chinese business strength and companies and enterprises to look at Pakistan, adding, “Now is the time to look at Pakistan. This is the time to actually put your heart and soul and effort towards increasing bilateral investments, bilateral trade and setting up joint ventures.”
On bilateral relations between the two countries, she said, “As President Xi Jinping himself said that gold becomes solid and shining when it goes through fire. The friendship between China and Pakistan has grown stronger and stronger because of the difficult times that it has gone through previously.”
Also this time it had withstood the test of time like a true good neighbour, true all-weather strategic cooperative partner and true iron brother, she said and added, “Our president’s visit shows that Pakistani people will stand by Chinese people in both good times and difficult times.