چین کی متعدد فرنیچر کمپنیوں اور سرمایہ کاروں کادسویں 3 روزہ میگا نمائش انٹیریئرز پاکستان 2018 میں دلچسپی کا اظہار

لاہور ۔ 8 نومبر (اے پی پی) چیف ایگزیکٹو پاکستان فرنیچر کونسل (پی ایف سی) میاں کاشف اشفاق نے کہا ہے کہ چین کی متعدد فرنیچر کمپنیوں اور سرمایہ کاروں نے دسویں 3 روزہ میگا نمائش انٹیریئرز پاکستان 2018 میں دلچسپی ظاہر کی ہے جو 14 دسمبر کو ایکسپو سینٹر لاہور میں شروع ہوگی۔ شنگھائی سے یہاں موصولہ بیان میں چیف ایگزیکٹو پی ایف سی نے کہا ہے کہ چین اور پاکستان کے درمیان فرنیچر کی باہمی تجارت کو مزید فروغ دینے کی وسیع گنجائش موجود ہے اور دونوں ممالک کے نجی شعبے اس سیکٹر میں مشترکہ سرمایہ کاری کے منصوبوں پر کام کر سکتے ہیں جو ابھی تک پس منظر میں رہا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وزیراعظم عمران خان کے وفد کے ہمراہ پی ایف سی کے وفد کا دورہ چین بہت کامیاب رہا ہے اور اس کے دوررس اثرات مرتب ہوںگے کیونکہ دونوں اطراف نے نہ صرف ایک دوسرے کے ملک بلکہ دیگر ممالک میں بھی مشترکہ میگا فرنیچر نمائشیں منعقد کرنے پر اتفاق کیا ہے۔

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Pakistani mangoes get a thumbs up from Turkish people

ANKARA, Aug 15 (APP):A large number of Turks on Wednesday got a first-hand experience of the taste and aroma of the Pakistani mangoes as they converged here at a gathering to feast on a wide spread of mango delights made out of freshly-arrived juicy fruit.
The event here at the Pakistan House was aimed at further popularizing Pakistani mangoes in Turkey and facilitating their availability in the local market. The “Pakistan Mango & Food Festival”, organized by the Embassy of Pakistan, coincided with the celebration of the Independence Day of Pakistan.
Key political figures, fruit importers, diplomats and media representatives attended the festival in which the guests were served with fresh mango and mango cuts, and wide-range of mango delicacies such as milk-shake, lassi, ice cream, salad, soufflé, mousse, trifle, tart, pudding, and cake, made of fresh mangoes from Pakistan. Biryani’ made of famous Pakistani Basmati rice was also served at the festival with selected Pakistani music in the backdrop. A photographic display of Pakistan’s natural beauty also formed part of the event.
Ambassador Syrus Sajjad Qazi said Pakistan was the 5th largest producer and the 6th largest exporter of mangoes. “For Pakistanis, mango or ‘King of Fruits’ is an integral part of our history and rich culture,” he said, adding there were over 110 varieties of high quality Pakistani mangoes, including Sindhri, Anwar Retaul, Lungra, Malda, Dusehri, Fajri and the most popular Chaunsa.
Ali Sahin, Chairman of Turkey-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Turkish Parliament, said he first had a taste of mangoes when he was a university student in Pakistan. He congratulated the people of Pakistan on the Independence Day and said 14th August was also very important in the Turkish history, as on this day, the Justice & Development Party (AK Party) was established 17 years ago. He also thanked the leadership of Pakistan on showing strong solidarity with Turkey during challenging times.

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Indonesia to encourage production of palm oil: Envoy

 

FAISALABAD, Aug 8 (APP)::Indonesia will encourage production of Palm Oil and its processing in addition to the production of high value products from this edible oil as joint ventures in Pakistan, said Mr. Wisnu Suryo Hutomo Minister Counselor of the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad.
During a meeting with Acting President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) Farooq Yusuf in his office here Wednesday, Mr. Hutomo said that there were vast opportunities of exploiting untapped trade potential between the two brotherly countries.
“Pakistan is exporting rice while there is huge demand of Pakistani Kinnow and Mango in Indonesia,” he said and added that Indonesia was also exporting palm oil to Pakistan. However, efforts are being made to encourage production of palm oil in Pakistan in collaboration with Indonesian businessmen.
He said that he had visited University of Agriculture (UAF) so that high yielding varieties of Indonesian Palm could be cultivated in Pakistan. He said that a proposal also under consideration to setup a refinery to process crude oil in order to produce food grade palm oil.
He said this would initiate a process for the production of a long chain of high value products including biscuits, chocolates, soap and cosmetics etc.
He said that he had been trying to promote consensus on these projects between the investors of two countries as it may ensure balance bilateral trade between the two countries.
Regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Mr. Hutomo said that 288 different projects were being implemented with huge investment of 63 billion dollars. “This major infrastructure will not only benefit Pakistan but also ensure enhanced connectivity between the regional countries,” he said and added that proposed palm oil refinery would not only cater to the domestic needs of Pakistan but its products could also be exported to others countries.
He further said that a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) had already been signed between the two countries while Pakistani business community should contact its commerce ministry to finalize the draft of the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Mr. Hutomo said that 33rd Trade Expo would be organized from October 24 to 28, 2018 in Indonesia. He said that 11000 exhibitors and 28,000 visitors expected to visit this mega event.
He said that exporters of knitted kids’ wear should also participate in the event as Indonesia was a major consumer market of kids’ cloth. He said that he would visit Faisalabad next month along with Indonesia ambassador to formally invite business community of Faisalabad to participate in this trade expo.
He further said that Indonesia would provide free visa for 30 days to the participants from 174 countries for this trade expo.
He said that it’s a big opportunity to make exports to Indonesia and hence, exporters of Faisalabad should also avail from tit.
Earlier, Farooq Yusuf, Acting President FCCI said that trade balance was in favor of Indonesia and the proposed palm oil production and refinery would help in balancing trade between the two countries.
He said that Indonesian investors could also invest in hydro projects and alternative energy resources while joint ventures could also be initiated in textiles, agro based industry, livestock, fruit processing, Halal meat, leather goods, oil and gas, information technology, tourism, organic as well as inorganic agro-based products and food items.
Miss Adelin Indah Marisa, Third Secretary Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia was also present during this meeting.
Later, Farooq Yusuf presented FCCI shield to Mr. Wisnu Suryo Hutomo Minister Counselor of the Indonesian Embassy.

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CPEC projects to produce 1.2 mln direct jobs by 2030: Study

ISLAMABAD, August 1 (APP):China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has a potential to create a total of 1.2 million direct jobs through its currently 42 agreed projects by 2030.
With the inclusion of new projects under the CPEC long term plan in sectors like agriculture, tourism, mineral processing, oil and gas and services, the job portfolio is likely to be enhanced many fold, a study conducted by Center of Excellence for CPEC said.
The study revealed that out of actual jobs created under CPEC projects so far, 29,674 jobs have been created in three road projects, while 1,294 employees were engaged in the 820 long optical fiber project.
Similarly 22,900 direct jobs have been created in five energy projects and 1100 jobs were created in one project of Gwadar.
Further, according to estimation projected by the study, 1800 jobs are expected to be created in two road projects, while 14,400 direct jobs would be generated in upgradation of railways Mainline-1 project.
According to the estimation of the study, 11 new projects in Gwadar city to be initiated soon would produce 76000 direct jobs.
The 11 new project include development of free zone, new Gwadar International Airport, Gwadar East-Bay Expressway, dredging of berthing areas and channels, construction of breakwater, Pak-China friendship hospital, technical and vocational institute, Gwadar smart port city master plan, Bao steel park, petrochemicals, stainless steel and other industries in the city, development of Gwadar University, and upgradation and development of fishing, boat making and maintenance services to protect and promote livelihoods of local population.
The 16 energy projects would also produce 5,0828 jobs while nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to be constructed in various parts of the country would produce 1,021,396 direct jobs in the country.
The study said that among the total direct jobs to be generated, a huge chunk of share would go to Pakistani individuals, however it suggested that Pakistani individuals would need more technical training to fulfil their job requirements.
“The crux of the matter for any economy is the mismatch of skills. In which, the work force exists, the positions in the job market are vacant, but, the unemployment rate remains unaffected,” the study said adding “the expertise acquired by the workers are not consistent with the job market.
As a result, there exists a gap between the practitioners and the academics, while the students of today cannot take firm decisions for their career path.”

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Pakistan,Uzbekistan for cooperation in cotton production: Uzkeb consular

MULTAN, May 10 (APP)::Visa Consular Shukhrat Zaripov and Commercial Attache Jasur Saydakhmedov from Uzbekistan Embassy in Pakistan said that Uzbekistan was listed on top among countries producing the best quality cotton and talks were underway for cooperation with Pakistan on cotton production technology.
Addressing a gathering of industrialists and business persons at the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) here
Thursday, they dilated that Uzbekistan produced the best cotton seed after the best research efforts, adding that the Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) Multan was in contact with Uzbekistan authorities and talks were underway
for cooperation in cotton production technology.
They said that relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan were improving and Pakistanis were being issued visas after five
to seven days of filing applications, adding that Uzbekistan was pursuing same visa policy for trade and tourism delegations or individuals.
Tourism aspirants get one-month visa while those who apply for trade get six months to one year visa, they added.
They said that trade, political and cultural relations between the two countries were improving, however, efforts were afoot to remove hurdles in transportation between the two countries and streamline cooperation in banking sector.
They said that transportation to Uzbekistan was difficult due to situation in Afghanistan but some companies opt for travel
through Iran, which, however, was a costly affair.
There exist numerous opportunities for the two countries for joint ventures in medicines, agriculture and industrial products.
Pakistanis could export fruit and vegetables, particularly from South Punjab, to Uzbekistan, they added.
They said that Uzbekistan was on top of list among countries producing the best quality cotton. Uzbekistan utilises 60 per cent of
the cotton production at home and rest is exported to other countries at comparatively lower price.
They said that Uzbekistan was a big consumer market and products produced there carry European Union Certification.
MCCI president, Malik Israr Ahmad Awan, said that the two countries should improve cooperation in energy, transport,
communications, agro-based industries, security, tourism and culture and suggested frequent exchange of trade delegations
through chambers of commerce, and private sector could play a dynamic role that would be result oriented.
He said that cooperation in tourism could bring financial benefits for both countries, adding that religious tourism can be promoted as mausoleums of eminent Muslim personalities were present in both countries.
The MCCI president proposed joint ventures for manufacturing quality Uzbekistan agriculture machinery in Pakistan.
MCCI Vice President Khawaja Farooq said that Uzbekistan products packing did not carry details in English language and
lack of communication in banking systems of two countries were creating difficulties for the business community.

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