Chinese buyers delegation to visit Pakistan on Sept 26, holds dialogue to promote trade

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 14 (APP):Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Textiles, Abdul Razzaq Dawood Friday said a
Chinese buying mission of business-persons and investors delegation would visit
Pakistan on September 26-27.
During its two-day stay in Pakistan, the business-persons delegation Mission would hold
dialogues with local business persons and exporters to enhance Pakistan’s trade.
In an exclusive talk with APP here , the Adviser asked local business
community including exporters to participate in dialogue with Chinese buyers delegation
to negotiate on their areas of interest in country’s exports.
He said this is beginning and a first step towards enhancing the country’s trade
and at the same time achieving export targets.
Replying to a question, he expressed the hope that during their visit, Chinese buyers
would also signs agreement with local exporters in different sectors, adding that
the visit would be great opportunity to have access to huge Chinese markets.
“We would achieve exports target and additional exports for economic
development and prosperity,” he said.
Answering another question, the Adviser said the government was committed
to enhancing exports and increasing manufacturing in engineering, textile, agriculture and
chemical domains.
The government, Razzaq Dawood said, would give priority to promotion of
export-led growth and reduce dependence on imports, adding that it has identified
many sectors to boost exports.
He said, “Primarily, we are focusing on increasing exports in engineering
and Information Technology (IT), chemicals and innovated technology through enhancing
their competitiveness in global market.”
With regard to export promotion strategy, he said it would focus on
increasing country’s exports to compete with regional and global players in
international market.
When asked, the Adviser said the agricultural exports alone would not
enhance the country exports rather “we need to switch to value addition in this particular
area to promote export of value-added products.”
He said special attention would also be given towards promotion of textile
exports, particularly knitwear, apparel, garments, leather products and rice, besides,
promoting furniture industry of the country which has great export potential.
He said the government, in consultation with stakeholders, would devise
comprehensive policy guidelines to promote textile and industrial exports.
“I would call representatives of textile and rice sectors and exporters as
well as other stakeholders to have consultations so as to devise future guidelines for
growth in these vital sectors,” he remarked.
“We would focus on promoting ‘made in Pakistan good’ and discourage
imports,” he remarked.