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CPFTA-II: Pakistan’s exports to China increase by over 64% during Jan to March 2021

May 3, 2021

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Pakistan’s exports to China increased by 64% during January-March 2021 as compared to the same time period last year. Commercial Consular, Pakistan Embassy, Beijing, Badar Uz Zaman announced this during a webinar, adding that this has been due to China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement Phase-II (CPFTA-II). During the webinar, the Pakistani business industry representatives and Chinese government officials stressed the need to robust efforts to take full benefits of the concessions granted by China under the CPFTA-II. The government officials told the traders that value-addition, certification and branding were all a must for penetrating the Chinese market, according to a report published by CEN.



BEIJING (Dunya News) – China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement Phase-II (CPFTA-II) effective since January 1, last year is now showing results. Pakistan’s exports to China shot up by 64% during January-March 202, Commercial Consular, Pakistan Embassy, Beijing, Badar Uz Zaman said.

He made these remarks while participating in a recently held a brainstorming session online with representatives of Pakistani trading community to discuss how to secure a due share in the over $2 trillion import market of China.

The conference had particular significance in the backdrop of the updated China-Pakistan FTA. They stressed the need to robust efforts to take full benefits of the concessions granted by the Iron Brother to Pakistani traders under the CPFTA-II.

However, the government officials told the traders that value-addition, certification and branding were all a must for penetrating the Chinese market, according to a report published by CEN.

The Chinese authorities also offer generous help by training Pakistani traders and workforce to meet the required standards, they said. They also told the traders to appoint local agents for effective marketing and ensure active presence in trade exhibitions held in China. Pakistani traders asked the officials to organise sector-specific webinars with their Chinese fellows for them.

On the occasion, RCCI President Nasir Mirza said that the CPFTA-II had opened up the door for Pakistani traders to the Chinese market. He said that the RCCI members were interested in exports of gems and precious minerals to China.

Bilal Ahmad Butt, Consul General of Pakistan in Hong Kong SAR, China told the traders that Honk Kong was a big consumer market with no local production.

He said that traders in Hong Kong were particularly interested in importing gems and minerals from Pakistan. Hong Kong is also a big market for Pakistani fruits and vegetables, he said. They have also offered free training on value addition of gems, minerals and food items to Pakistani investors and workers, he said.

Director of the Pak-HK Trade Forum Javed Iqbal said that Pakistani traders should invest in cold chain for food items, and value addition, packaging and certification for their goods to enter Hong Kong’s market.
He said that Hong Kong-based investors were keen to invest in Pakistan in these sectors.
M Irfan, Trade and Investment Officer in Pakistan Consulate General in Guangzhou, said that Chinese language proficiency for effective marketing and branding were must for Pakistani traders to sell their products in China.

He said that Pakistan had only recently established its mission in Guangzhou, but it was actively engaging with the local traders to connect them with Pakistani traders.
 

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While commending China for its contribution towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said the Pakistan Army greatly values its friendly relations with China, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

He expressed these remarks during a meeting with Ambassador of China to Pakistan Nong Rong at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Monday.

The military's media wing said that matters of mutual interest, recent developments in the Afghan peace process, progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), regional security and the current situation of Covid-19 were discussed during the meeting.


Pakistan has received a total of 4.06 million doses of vaccines, according to figures reported. Out of this reported number, 3.5 million doses are of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

Other vaccines received include 60,000 doses of CanSino and 500,000 Sinovac vaccines – both also purchased from China.

Of the total vaccines, 529,928 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine have been utilised so far. For healthcare workers, 134,218 first doses have been administered and 88,475 of the second dose have been administered so far.

According to an announcement by Dr Faisal Sultan last week, the country has purchased 13 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from three Chinese companies and expects to receive them in the next two months.
 

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Chinese tech giant to train Pakistani officials on digitalisation

President urges officials to enhance collaboration with Huawei for early realisation of Digital Pakistan initiative


Xinhua May 03, 2021

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Vice President of Huawei Middle East Region Li Xiangyu presenting souvenir to President Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr on May 03, 2021. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: The government will cooperate with Chinese hi-tech giant Huawei to train over 1,000 officials, facilitating the digitalisation of government organisations to enhance the efficiency of work and service delivery, the president's office said on Monday in a statement.

President Arif Alvi had a meeting with a delegation of Huawei, led by Vice President of Huawei Middle East Region Li Xiangyu, on Monday, the statement said.


Alvi asked the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to develop an action plan and set timelines for launching training programs for the government employees in fields like artificial intelligence, cloud technology and big data.
The president urged the ministry to come up with more innovative ideas and enhance collaboration with Huawei for early realisation of the Digital Pakistan initiative, it added.


During the meeting, Li said Huawei had contributed to Pakistan's economy by providing 10,000 jobs and paying 120 million US dollar in taxes to the Pakistani government from 2018 to 2020, besides spending 6 million US dollars in supporting disaster-relief efforts of the government.

Li said Huawei had also helped foster Pakistan's information and communication technology talents by providing 10,000 certifications till 2020, according to the statement.


 

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On Apr. 29, HEI and Punjab Thermal Power Ltd (PTPL) signed an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract for 1263 MW Punjab Combined-Cycle Power Plant at JHANG in Pakistan.

HEI will be responsible for the 12-year operation and maintenance of the unit, major equipment overhaul, plant-wide BOP equipment overhaul, and power plant spare parts procurement, etc.

This Project is another testament to the long-term commitment of #HEI to serve as an active partner in helping to meet Pakistan’s growing demand for power.

Credits: HARBIN ELECTRIC
 

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Pakistan and China will celebrate the 70 years of Pak-China Diplomatic relationship on 21st May 2021.

A beautiful symbol of Pak-China 70 years strong relationship at Mall Road, Lahore.


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The pilots and cabin crew of the PIA flight meet Chinese revolutionary leader and Premier, Zhou Enlai.
Date: early 1960s.


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First batch of homemade vaccine to be available by month-end:

The CanSino vaccine will go through a rigorous quality control checks at NIH, says NCOC chief


May 07, 2021


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Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who is also the chief of the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC), on Friday said that the first batch of homemade Covid-19 vaccine will be available by the end of May.

Pakistan started the vaccination campaign in February with doses donated by the government of China. The campaign started with frontline healthcare workers and then inoculation of the senior citizens in the second phase.

The government now plans to open registration for Covid-19 vaccination for all citizens after Eidul Fitr.

"The first batch of bulk CanSino vaccine being processed at the National Institute of Health [at a] plant set up for this purpose last month. Specially trained team [is] working on it," Umar wrote on his official Twitter handle.

He further said that the vaccine will be available for use by the end of May after going through rigorous quality control checks.

Last month, an official told a National Assembly panel that the National Institute of Health (NIH) is going to make Pakistan’s own single-dose coronavirus vaccine soon.

“We are going to make a single-dose vaccine for Covid-19,” NIH Executive Director Major General Aamer Ikram told the NA Standing Committee on National Health Services.
 

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Pakistan asks Huawei for help in setting up media technology university.


Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain discussed cooperation with Huawei Technologies delegation in the realm of digitalization and effective implementation of e-governance in the different government institutions of Pakistan.


He said that the government’s plan for a paperless official working environment was being pursued vigorously. Emphasizing the need to follow e-governance, he said that all-out efforts would be made for provision of broadband and internet services aiming at a broader outreach, both for the general public and the government.

The minister also apprised the delegation about the government’s initiative to establish a media technology university and said that Huawei’s cooperation would be welcomed in making state-of-the-art and technically well-equipped modern education institutions.



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Then-Governor East Pakistan Abdul Monim Khan (C) with a Chinese delegation Prime Minister Mr. Chou En Lai (R), Foreign Minister of China Mr. Che E and Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Foreign Minister of Pakistan are in the meeting.
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Chinese textile company Challenge will train 2,000 workers and provide them jobs in its factory in Lahore.
 

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Pakistan and China will jointly issue stamps featuring Gwadar Port and Zhuhai to celebrate the 70-year diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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BEIJING: Marking 70 years of China-Pakistan diplomatic ties, both countries are set to issue commemorative stamps on May 21 to honour the relations between the two countries.

According to China Economic Net (CEN), China has decided, in cooperation with Pakistan, to issue a set of commemorative stamps which include two pieces, featuring Zhuhai Port, China and Gwadar Port, Pakistan, says State Port Bureau of China.

As many as 7.1 million units of the commemorative set will be in circulation from May 21.

The stamps contain distinctive elements of Zhuhai Port and Gwadar Port. Setting blue as the characteristic hue, artists used graphic design techniques to present the beautiful scenery of the two ports through a bird ‘s-eye view.

The stamps are special-shaped, with two stamps being linked together, forming the visual effect of waves undulating and flags flying. Up in the left-hand corner is the name of the stamp combined with red/green, the basic colors of the national flags of China/Pakistan. Overall the design is simple and smooth, full of dynamic.

Zhuhai, one of the earliest 4 special economic zones of China, is now listed as one of the Key Cities of Greater Bay Area Cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.

Zhuhai Port is one of the 24 major ports along the coast of China and one of the five major ports in Guangdong Province.

It is adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau and has the highest 150,000-ton main waterway in the Pearl River Delta and a comprehensive logistics system integrating “river, sea, land, railway and air”.

It is an important port node of “Belt and Road Initiative”, the report added.

Gwadar, located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the western province of Balochistan, Pakistan, is a node of several key shipping routes from the African European continent to the eastern Pacific and Asia via the Red Sea, the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.

Most significantly it is an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The CEN further reported that to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan on 21 May 1951, both countries are organizing a series of events throughout 2021 to commemorate the historic milestone in a befitting manner.
 

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Chinese Company RNL Technologies plans to start manufacturing electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Pakistan! A real boost for Pakistani electric vehicle industry.


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