Prime Minister’s Address as Guest of Honour at the China International Import Expo Shanghai

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Excellency President Xi Jinping,
Esteemed Guests of Honour,
Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure, today, to lead the Pakistan delegation at the first China International Import Expo.
I want to especially thank President Xi and the Chinese Government for the Hospitality extended to me and my delegation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As the Belt and Road Initiative gives shape to a global community of shared interests, this Expo will help spread dividends of freer trade, among more closely integrated economies.
In Pakistan the Karakoram Highway merges into a network of modern highways that are part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. These take you to the deep sea port of Gwadar, the point where the Belt and Road converge. This impacts not only on Pakistan, but has an impact on the economies of the entire region.
CPEC shall cut distances and costs, bringing much needed resources to producers, and new products to consumers.
CPEC is a mechanism to forge even closer connectivity between the Middle East and China, and between Central and South Asia.
CPEC is opening fresh investment avenues, new markets and new vistas.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My party, the Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI, campaigned during the last elections in Pakistan for change. And now when we are in power, we are initiating deep and meaningful reforms impacting all sectors and every aspect of government.
We are committed to improving our framework of transparency and accountability, leveraging technology for seamless, smart solutions for business and governance.
We are blessed with an abundant array of resource ranging from mineral riches to fertile lands, to the wealth of renewables and the most diverse landscape with twelve climate zones.
Our Industry is already producing high end textiles, sports goods, engineering goods, IT services and medical technologies including surgical instruments.
But by far, our greatest and most promising resource is human. We have 100 million Pakistanis below the age of thirty five-a young vibrant population.
The Naya or New Pakistan will be a more conducive and a more competitive place for transacting business.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At a time when the international trade system is under attack, when unilateral commercial benefits are being sought aggressively by some, and when protectionism is on the rise, we take great comfort in President Xi’s courageous affirmation: ‘The doors of China’s Opening Up will never shut; but will only open ever wider’.
I thank you all.

Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan Pavilion at CIIE.

Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping visited Paksitan Pavilion at China International Import Expo. He was received by the Prime Minister Imran Khan, members of the Cabinet and CM Balochistan. He was briefed by the Secretary Commerce Mr Mohammad Younus Dagha.
President Xi was accompanied by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

Mr Dagha briefed the dignitaries about the theme of the Pavilion which represented five important trade sectors of Pakistan.
He informed that Textiles and Apparels employ 38% of industrial workforce with 8.5% share in GDP and make up for more than 70% of our exports with leather and made ups, for many international brands. The fastest growth has been in the garments sector which provides jobs to female workers.

He told that Pakistan has the privilege of not only having the world renowned sportsmen but also have the distinction of competing in quality and winning the contracts for supply of sports goods for top brands and prestigious events. The last two FIFA world cups including the one this year in Russia were played with Pakistan made footballs.
He said that with the marvelous archeological sites of the world’s oldest civilization in the south and the meeting point of the three majestic mountain ranges known as “the roof of the world” in the north, the tourism sector in Pakistan offers unlimited opportunities for the hospitality sector investors.
Many production deficiencies have been met in the past decades not only turning the country into self-sufficiency but also producing exportable surplus. Sugar, Fertilizer, Cement, Pharmaceuticals, Home appliances, Electrical goods and Auto-parts are now taking shares in our exports. The new government is improving the policy framework to attract more investments in manufacturing sector to increase our capacity to export.
He told them while we are exporting the aromatic Basmati rice, the most delicious mangoes and juiciest of mandarins in more than 70 countries, the storage, processing and preservation are the areas where joint ventures and knowledge transfers can bring rapid gains.
Pakistan has one of the smallest carbon footprints (sixth largest population with only 0.4% of world’s carbon dioxide emissions), still we are playing a larger role by first completing the project of one billion tree plantations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the leadership of the Prime Minister during the past few years and now a plan for ten billion tree plantations during the next five years. Prime Minister Mr Imran Khan explained the environment friendly policy and initiatives of the government.
Mr Dagha said that the vision of HE President Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road Initiative, has opened new avenues for the two brotherly countries for mutual cooperation.
President Xi took great interest in the products of Pakistan. He appreciated the Prime Minister’s interest in the improvement of the environment and extended his country’s support for the initiative. He congratulated the PM Imran Khan on his successful visit.

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