China, Pakistan launch online agro-industrial platform to boost cooperation

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ISLAMABAD, Jan. 26 

China and Pakistan on Tuesday launched an online program to obtain and present information and accomplishments of agricultural and industrial cooperation between the two countries, with goals for enhancing bilateral cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the two sectors.

The China-Pakistan Agricultural and Industrial Cooperation Information Platform (CPAICIP) is anticipated to create business forums, business delegations and other projects to promote exchanges and collaboration in the field of agriculture and industry and advance business-to-business cooperation between the two states.

During an online launching ceremony, Chairman of the CPEC Authority in Pakistan Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the agro-industrial cooperation between Pakistan and China under CPEC will play a vital role in expanding and multiplying bilateral economic relations.

Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy which contributes some 18 per cent of the country’s GDP, engages a very large number of people, and is crucial for the country’s food security and export potential, Bajwa said.

“Pakistan fully realizes its agricultural potential, and the incumbent government has been making fundamental reforms in the agricultural sector,” the chairman said, adding that the Chinese knowledge and experience, which is massively acknowledged worldwide, will be very helpful in adding value to Pakistan’s agriculture and contribute to the prosperity of the people.

Speaking about the industrial collaboration, he said that various preferred special economic zones under CPEC are being set up in all the provinces to give purpose to industrialization in the country.

On the event, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong greeted the establishment of the platform, stating it will enhance in-depth exchanges and cooperation between scientific research institutions, associations, organizations and industrial and agricultural enterprises of the two countries.

“We stand ready to join hands with the Pakistani government and people to enhance our all-weather strategic partnership and achieve high-quality development,” Nong said.

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