The Prime Minister’s Office, Board of Investment, Pakistan, organized a “CPEC Industrial Cooperation Textile Business to Business (B2B) Webinar" in collaboration with China Council for International Investment Promotion (CCIIP) and China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC) on Tuesday, 27th April 2021. The webinar offered a platform for analysis of industry trends, bilateral investment opportunities & potential collaborations between companies of the two countries.
Secretary BOI, Ms Fareena Mazhar, Executive Director General BOI, Mr. Khashih ur Rehman, Project Director CPEC Industrial Cooperation of BOI, Mr. Asim Ayub, Deputy President, CNTAC, Mr. Xu Yingxin, Author of Textile Industrial Diagnosis Report, Dr. Du Zhen Li, Deputy Director General of Asian Department of the Ministry of Commerce of China, Mr. Wei Yan, Deputy GM, ICBC (Karachi Branch), Mr. Zhang Hongpeng, Director, China Road & Bridge Corporation (CRBC), Ms. Wang Lu, Chairman, FIEDMC, Mian Kashif Ashfaq, Director General (Textile Wing), Textile Industry Division, Pakistan, Mr. Kanwar Usman, Secretary General, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Mr. Shahid Sattar participated in the webinar.
The opening remarks were delivered by Executive Director General BOI, Mr. Khashih ur Rehman. He stated that the webinar marks actualization of the MOU signed in 2008 between BOI & CCIIP and it will be integral in advancing B2B & P2P ties under CPEC Industrial Cooperation. In this context he informed the participants that to facilitate business to business (B2B) matchmaking, BOI is also working on the development of an Online B2B portal which will assist potential domestic and foreign investors and serve as a one-stop database of available public and private sector investment projects.
Secretary BOI, Ms. Fareena Mazhar welcomed the participants and stated that the webinar aims to rejuvenate the process of enhanced B2B matchmaking between Pakistani and Chinese enterprises. She appreciated the overwhelming support of China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. Secretary BOI apprised about Pakistan’s advantageous investment policies pertaining to SEZs, EV, Mobile device manufacturing policy and emphasized on Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate B2B matchmaking. Ms. Mazhar underscored that CPEC Industrial Cooperation follows an all-inclusive policy and is open for third party participation. The inclusion of Trade & Investment Officers in the webinar was to apprise them about investment opportunities under CPEC so the same could be communicated to investors in their respective countries. She concluded by welcoming export oriented hi tech Chinese enterprises to invest in Pakistan.
Project Director PMU & Moderator for the event, Mr. Asim Ayub stated that the webinar mark's the initiation of an unprecedented partnership involving the BOI, CIECC, CNTAC, CCIIP and the Ministry of Commerce China. He informed the audience that the Textile Diagnostic Study conducted by CIECC on Pakistan's Textile Sector in 2019 was very well received by the Pakistani side, however there exists a need for a follow up action plan to reap more pragmatic and mutually beneficial outcome. The same point was taken up in the 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on Industrial Cooperation under CPEC held in December 2020.
Mr. Asim Ayub further stated that the webinar was first of a series of webinars which would be held on mutually agreed priority sectors between Pakistan and China to keep steering the initiative of industrial cooperation under CPEC. He informed the participants about the inception of CPEC & the magnitude of its growth and possibilities. He stated that B2B joint ventures are intrinsic to the success of CPEC & SEZs & BOI will extend full support to Chinese investors for successful materialization of their projects in Pakistan.