Sino-Pak economic coop to promote regional, global trade integration

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Islamabad

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood said Tuesday that bilateral economic cooperation between China and Pakistan would go long way in promoting regional and global trade integration.

Talking to APP here, the advisor said that both the countries had already strengthened cooperation in various fields of economy, particularly in trade and investment for mutual benefit and advantage of the whole region.

The advisor said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pak-China Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA- II) were the two important milestones in this direction, which strengthened trade and investment.

It is pertinent to mention that both the countries had signed 2nd Phase of China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) during the Prime Minister’s visit in April 2019, which became operational from 1st January 2020. Dawood said that during the last 10 months (July-April 2020-21), Pakistan’s

exports to China increased by 31 percent to $1.951 billion from $1.491 billion in corresponding period last year.

“The CPFTA-II has a very positive impact on Pakistan’s exports in all potential sectors, which indicates that it is going in right direction, for which the credit goes to exporters,” the advisor added.

He said that CPFTA-II had bought down tariffs to zero for Pakistan on 313 high-priority tariff lines, which benefited the country as almost half of Pakistani exports to China were covered within these lines.

However, he was of the view that the list of Pakistani products exported to China is long in length but short on value.

These include frozen meat, poultry; dairy products in solid form, human hair, and stomach of animals, cut flowers, flower buds, tea, saffron, turmeric, maize, rice, starches, sausages, tobacco and tobacco refuse amongst others.

In recent years, the bilateral trade volume between China and Pakistan has increased rapidly with stable commodity structure, though the balance was much in favour of China.

According to latest data of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, Pakistan overall exports to China were recorded at $1407.743 million against exports of $1298.531 million during the same period of last year, showing growth of 8.41 percent, SBP data revealed.—APP