PAK EXPORTS TO CHINA UP 76% IN FIRST THREE QUARTERS: REPORT

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SHANGHAI, Nov. 16 (DNA): “2021 has been an excellent year for Pakistan-China bilateral trade, driven by China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement Phase Ⅱ, our exports to China have increased more than 76% year-on-year in the first three quarters despite the pandemic. 
We believe that by the end of this year, our exports to China will cross $3 billion and that will be one of our highest-ever exports to China,” said Hussain Haider, Consul General at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Shanghai, while talking to China Economic Net (CEN). Interviewed on the day that the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE) closed, Hussain Haider was glad witnessing Pakistani businesses’ expanding in the Chinese market via the expo.
“China is Pakistan’s largest trading partner. It’s always our priority to take effective participation in the CIIE. This is a very good opportunity for Pakistani companies to further benefit from the enormous Chinese market as well as the liberal import policy of the Chinese government. 
We would like to thank the Chinese government for making excellent arrangements. It was a very successful event,” he said. At this year’s CIIE, Pakistani textiles including carpets, handicrafts like Himalaya salt lamps, jewellery and agricultural products, etc. were in display online and offline. Especially, the Himalaya salt lamp became a hit that drew many Chinese visitors, consumers and media at the expo.
“The Himalaya salt lamp is an exclusively Pakistani product, only produced in Pakistan. I also read some news about these salt lamps’ gaining attention in China. We hope these products can have a lot of demand in the Chinese market,” Hussain Haider said. Meanwhile, at the expo, information and communication technologies of the emerging sector were highlighted in Pakistan’s national pavilion. All of these depict Pakistan’s potential export growth engine. Looking into the future, “Pakistan’s global textile exports are over $13 billion. We see large potential in the Chinese market for more value-added textile products like home textiles, garments for ladies, children and men,” Hussain Haider said.
Besides, value-added leather products, agriculture products including rice, mangoes and citrus, etc. also look to further grow in the Chinese market in the days to come. “And there’s a lot of potential of Pak-China cooperation in the sectors of information and communication technology, as well as tourism after the pandemic ends,” he added. Benefitted from the FTA Phase Ⅱ, now increasingly more Pakistani enterprises are trying to enhance their presence in China. Hussain Haider made suggestions as to how Pakistani companies could better benefit from the largest consumer market in the world. 
“Increasing the use of e-commerce and other digital tools particularly live streaming is an innovative strategy that Pakistani businesses need to adopt. In China, e-commerce platforms are very popular and powerful in product sale, and live streaming is quite important in product promotion,” he remarked. As China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has entered the second phase, focusing on improving Pakistani people’s livelihood, much progress is expected to reach in agriculture and vocational education. “Agriculture currently is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, which needs to be modernized. Chinese expertise and investment can play an important role in the greater agricultural mechanization and modern technology usage to increase the productivity of different crops in Pakistan. Furthermore, Pakistan has a very large labor force of about 65 million. 
We’re working on different proposals to increase the bilateral cooperation on promotion and development of vocational and scientific education to improve the vocational skills of our labor force,” Hussain Haider added.