FPCCI hopes Pak-China FTA Phase II to be instrumental for bilateral trade

KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) hoped that the second phase of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will be instrumental in enhancing the bilateral trade to its optimum potential.

FPCC president Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai in a statement on Saturday appreciated the strenuous efforts made by the Prime Minister and his team in preparation of long awaited China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) – II in consultation and consensus of all the stakeholders and making it operational w.e.f. December 1, 2019 which will witness Chinese investment in all sector.

The FPCCI Chief hoped that the CPFTA-II would be instrumental in enhancing the bilateral trade to its optimum potential, exploring the new areas of joint ventures, transfer of Chinese technology to Pakistan as it had thin industrial based as compared to China, broadening and protecting indigenous industries and improving Pakistan’s trade balance with its counterpart.

He recalled that under FTA Part-I Pakistan had benefitted to the tune of only 4 percent whereas rest was derived by the China.

While commenting on the statement of the Advisor to the PM on Commerce, Textile, Industries and Production and Investment published in some section of newspapers, he clarified that FPCCI has always advocated / supported the decisions of the government in the best interest of Business Community and flourishing of business environment to make Pakistan economically stable and sound.

Being apex body of trade & industry of Pakistan FPCCI has all the capability and expertise to contribute in government efforts in expansion of all economic sectors such as manufacturing, investment, export etc. He said that the FPCCI status and its role should not be undermined as it has representation all members of trade and industry on its board across the country.

He also hailed the efforts of the government in the development plan of Balochistan and KPK under CPEC which will definitely eradicate their economic issues particularly unemployment and poverty and will bring least developed rural areas of Balochistan and KPK at par with the other part of Pakistan.

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