Pakistan Ambassador to China Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi has stated that the free trade agreement (FTA) phase-II between Pakistan and China will be carried out rapidly as it is still going via the interior ratification process.
“We hope that in the subsequent few months, it will grow to be operational. With the FTA becoming operational, the fees will in any way go down, because import duties will no longer practice then.” said by Naghmana in an interview with China Economic Net in late September.
Although the reporter requested a more particular timeline on the FTA turning into operational, the ambassador said, “That relies upon on how quickly work is done, due to the fact on our side all the strategies have been completed. On the Chinese side, there are a few tactics that are left. So we think it is going to be sooner as a substitute than later. We simply want to wait a little more, due to the fact governmental tactics have to take time. But I assume it will be very rapidly very, very shortly.”
The envoy said that the first phase of CPEC is nearly coming to an end and the second phase has now started, which is really the establishment of Special Economic Zones in a range of components of the country.
“With the establishment of these Special Economic Zones and increasing number of agreements and cooperation in the agriculture sector, which is a priority for each President Xi and PM Imran Khan, I think this is one location the place there is a big attainable for investments, boom and then re-export of those value-added merchandises to China.”
Talking about the recent mango festival organized in Beijing, Naghmana said, “Mango is our main export product and one day we hope to see Pakistani mangoes being sold in supermarkets and markets all over China.”
Responding to a query on the difference in prices, the envoy said the rate of a product is always more cost-effective in the country where it is produced. However, with the aid of the time the product is exported, duties, taxes, and processes are involved.
“It both has to be sanitized through heat, water vapor or through different technologies. Those applied sciences are not very without difficulty reachable in Pakistan.”
She added that China can really assist minimize the prices of Pakistan’s agricultural products, in particular mango and other refined fruit, by having joint ventures with the growers and exporters.
“Secondly, I think with the completion of CPEC and the institution of cold chains, a lot of merchandise can then be transported by road and they won’t have to be airlifted. Mangoes can’t be shipped up to now, due to the fact they have a very quick shelf life and roads with a cold chain are additionally integral for fisheries and other agricultural products. So that is any other region where I suppose a lot of our Chinese friends and buyers have a possibility to do commercial enterprise in Pakistan, which would be mutually really useful to the importers and exporters, and is a exceptional way of introducing desirable Pakistani agricultural products at reasonable fees right here in China.”
The ambassador also talked about the delay in the operation of Sukkur-Multan motorway, saying, “These are large projects, so some delays are normal. It’s nothing to be without a doubt very alarmed about. The genuine task itself has been completed. So the dual carriageway is there. But then along with this highway, there are certain other matters that want to be established.”
She said, “All CPEC tasks have the absolute and full aid of the government of Pakistan, of the humans of Pakistan, of all the political events throughout the political divide. So there is no confusion or no controversy over either the significance of CPEC or the importance of finishing the tasks in time. And some of the projects, as you know, have been accomplished even earlier than time.”
Talking about the visa method for businessmen, Naghmana said, “For the Chinese, as you know, we have on-arrival visa policy and now we also have visa online. So I don’t assume there should be a problem. Maybe some humans only practice for three months and then they understand that they need more than three months. They don’t need to come back. They can observe to the department involved in Pakistan and it’s very without difficulty extended.”
Referring to Pakistan’s visa policy, she added, “We are liberalizing our relations. One of the first nations with which we’ve liberalized the visa regime, is China. There is so a great deal of work going on. There’s so alot of people-to-people contact. There’s so many political contacts.”
The ambassador also spoke about attainable Pakistani categories where China can invest.
“There are positive products which have traditionally come to China, which are very a great deal favored here. We export a lot of rice to China, not Basmati. Basmati is no longer that popular in China. We have every other class of rice which is very shut to the Chinese kind. It’s small glutinous rice. So there’s a massive market for that here.
“Then sugar is an increasing number of being imported into China. And sugar is of very true quality. And yarn, we produce a lot of cotton and you have a large cloth industry. So yarn comes to China.
“And then, of course, we have a lot of stones. For example, we produce great onyx in the world. I imply Balochistan is the sole region in the world that produces onyx. And Chinese humans love onyx. Then, a lot of gold and copper comes from our mines to here. So we have a lot of conceivable both in minerals and gemstones due to the fact our northern areas are full of beautiful gemstones. We do not have that advanced technology to polish and create them. So that is every other region where we are searching for practicable joint ventures.”
She added, “The vicinity that has the most possible and once more the area that has the focus of the management of both international locations is agricultural products, improvement of farms, lookup on hybrid seeds, and lookup and cooperation in cultivation.
“Then there is a large prospect of cooperation in drip irrigation due to the fact we are now trying to go to drip irrigation because of the shortage of water. China is one of the main international locations that have in reality made very accurate use of drip irrigation. So I assume agriculture is one segment where there is a large potential for in addition to cooperation, joint ventures, and investments. And then, of course, the export of the cloth to China and beyond China also.”
“I assume they also sense that if they advance a hybrid best of Basmati rice, then it’s a patent for Pakistan Basmati rice and it may also lose its aroma and taste. We choose actually pure Basmati. So I assume they prefer to maintain the originality and the texture and the aroma and the size of Basmati. I assume that is why they don’t choose to open Basmati.”