Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI), President Mr. Shah Faisal Afridi, has said the shifting of Chinese handicrafts industry to Pakistan could play a vital role in empowering Pakistani women.
Afridi urged the government in a statement here on Thursday in think tank session, to work on strategic methods to bring the women in main stream of economy and address the cultural barriers in the full exercise of women’s citizenship. He said that, “China could be helpful in attaining this goal as China is one of the leading producers of hand-made products with over 40 percent share in the world trade but with the technological revolution and high labor cost,the handmade sector in China is highly disturbed. In this scenario, Pakistan can become the manufacturing house of handicrafts for China as Pakistan is enriched with a labor captive skilled human resource in the form of bucolic women, he said and added that that there was an intense similarity of interest between Pakistan and China in respect to production and exports of giftware and handicrafts, which could lead to a viable partnership between the two countries. Mr. Ahmed Hasnain, Senior Vice President PCJCCI said that currently, the handicraft manufacturing industry in China is facing hurdles due to expensive labor, whereas demand of traditional hand-made products is on rise.