Lahore, September 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): On the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, President, Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI), Shah Faisal Afridi extended the best wishes and festive greetings to Chinese people, the overseas Chinese nationals and the Chinese companies in Pakistan.
While expressing his views at a ceremony to be held in connection with Chinese Anniversary, he said that open door policy of China has transformed the whole economic paradigm into the era of Regional co existence. Faisal Afridi stated that China’s role in the current international financial system is constructive and we had to make some efforts and contributions on our part.
He appreciated the Chinese Endeavours for enhancing the South-South integration through infrastructural investments in trade and business. He said that Pakistan should enhance the capacity of the current system rather than any intention to overthrow it. Pakistan should realize that, if we become the bridge between the engines of growth, we will be able to carve out a large economic bloc of about 3 billion living in this part of the world…nearly half the planet.” “This is going to be a Fate-Changer for Pakistan,” said Shah Faisal Afridi.
Afridi observed that One Belt, one Road would bring a major breakthrough in socio-economic ties between Pakistan and China by enhancing the scope of people-to-people contacts between the two nations. Moreover the revival of Silk Route would be a big advantage to all those countries situated alongside economic belt of this route, which will ultimately add strategic and economic value to Pakistan, he added.
He said that the decision by Pakistan to join hands with China and other Asian countries in the projects such as CPEC, One Belt, One road, AIIB, SCO, BRICS etc, stems from the new narrative evolved by the present government for building economic and political linkages with neighbours and Asian countries.
He said that Pakistan’s security and economic progress is inextricably linked to the region where it belongs. The emphasis on finding solutions to the security and economic challenges confronting it, through the collective efforts of the countries of the region is a pragmatic and visionary initiative, mentioned Afridi.
He further said that Pakistan was proud of being the best friend of a great country like China and assured to continue his efforts for maintaining the sincere and cordial relations with business community of China. Afridi paid special tribute to the Chinese communities who have built friendship and lived in harmony with the local people, and made indispensable contributions to the economic and social development of Pakistan.
He expressed hope that all Chinese in Pakistan will carry forward the fine Chinese culture and traditional virtues, reveal the spirit of diligence, bravery, intelligence and self-improvement, and make more contributions to a better Pakistan by fulfilling friendship between China and Pakistan.
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