ISLAMABAD, Dec 2 (APP): Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said Pakistan and China can work on joint ventures in industrial sector to produce competitive products for global markets.
The real potential of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) lies in
industrial sector, he said adding relocation of Chinese industries to Pakistan offers economic dividends to both countries because of cheap labour available in Pakistan.
“Industrialization always thrives on cheap labour and Pakistan is the
most attractive destination for industrialization because of low cost of labour here”, Ahsan Iqbal stated this at a meeting with the delegation from Shaanxi province of China with Pakistani officials and people from industrial sector at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.
He talked extensively on the relationship between China and Pakistan,
which he said are time tested and all-weathered.
Ahsan Iqbal pointed that out that 1st phase of CPEC is related to
Chinese investment in energy, infrastructure and Gawadar.
The real potential of this mega project is related to Chinese
investment in industrial sector of Pakistan, on which both countries are working speedily.
Minister said Pakistan is located at centre of three engines of growth
i.e. South Asia, Central Asia and China, therefore “we can integrate it to
create into a big market of three billion people”.
He said CPEC has a win-a-win proposition and Pakistan has advantage to
serve as manufacturing and service hub through CPEC and China side to have
economical route for its goods to world markets.
About the significance Gawadar, Ahsan Iqbal informed the Chinese
delegation that deep sea port in Gawadar will serve both China and Pakistan to harness opportunities of regional connectivity through maritime trade to Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The Minister said that China and Pakistan always enjoyed exemplary
political relations in past and CPEC added economic dimension to these cordial and brotherly relations when both countries demonstrated their desire to take the relationship to strategic economic cooperation after Prime Minster Nawaz Shari’s visit to China in July 2013 and Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan in April 2015.
“CPEC is the first drop of big ocean to pave the way for more Chinese
investment in various sectors”, he added.
About the visit of Shaanxi province of China to Pakistan, Ahsan Iqbal
hoped that it would open new avenues of cooperation in trade, commerce and industry.
He stated “it is heartening to note that the people from industrial,
infrastructure and financial sector are part of this delegation. We look forward to active participation of Shaanxi province in CPEC projects”.