GB calls for further cooperation with Xinjiang

By Mariam Raheem | Gwadar Pro Aug 17, 2022

GILGIT, Aug 17. (Gwadar Pro)- “Deepening cooperation with China in trade, technology, tourism and other fields will considerably promote business in the GB region.” Ashfaq Ahmad, President of Gilgit Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GBCCI) highlighted in a recent interview with Gwadar Pro.

Last month, the first meeting of the Working Group on Economic and Trade Cooperation between Xinjiang and Pakistan was held online. On the occasion, the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry” was signed, and the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region launched consultations on the establishment of sister provinces and regions with the GB region of Pakistan.

Ashfaq Ahmad believes this meeting will further strengthen the consensus on cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry and other trade promotion agencies in Xinjiang, strengthen friendly cooperation in economy, trade and tourism, and provide support to enterprises of both sides.

He pointed out that it is imperative to speed up the flow of the port, facilitate entry and exit of people from both countries and strengthen economic and trade exchanges through the border. “Strengthening the construction of Khunjerab Port will be of great benefit to increase the employment opportunities in the GB region. The northern areas have a lot of agricultural products, including cherries, apricots, goat meat and so on. They have great export potential.” the president added.

“China has advanced technology and mature experience in the inspection and prevention of foot-and-mouth disease in meat animals and the packaging and transportation of fresh fruits.” Ashfaq Ahmad further explained, “the joint establishment of laboratories in Pakistan and technology transfer by joint ventures can improve the industrial chain for Pakistan’s agricultural products, increase the added value and expand exports. Currently, we are focusing on the exchanges between chambers of commerce and promoting the implementation of industrial cooperation.”

GB area is rich in natural and cultural tourism resources, and its precipitous mountains, crystal glaciers and gentle valleys make tourists feel like paradise. Ashfaq Ahmad said that Skardu International Airport has been constructed and is applying for the opening of flights between China and Pakistan. He called on the Pakistani government to give more attention and support to the GB region to develop logistics and fully unleash its tourism potential.

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