"We will soon set up a platform between Sichuan and Punjab to connect the business community of the two places. We invite you all to be part of that," said Moin ul Haque, Pakistani Ambassador to China recently on his meeting with entrepreneurs from 50 enterprises in Sichuan and Chongqing area in China at the China-Pakistan Economic and Cultural Exchange Incubation Center in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.
Commercial Counsellor, Ghulam Qadir, also attended the meeting and introduced some new progress and potentials of Pak-China cooperation.
"Agriculture is a key area. We are very strong in this sector. I would like to share with you that protocol for exporting Pakistan's dairy products is very near completion. It will open a market of $10 billion. Another related sector is meat, we are all set to export Pakistani beef for the first time to China in less than a month. Our protocol on red pepper and other products will also be approved. For example, the first batch of cherry buyers from 18 Chinese enterprises has arrived in Pakistan."
Ghulam Qadir told us that China has 30 million Muslims with great demand for halal food, and its beef price is almost three times compared to the price of beef in Pakistan. After his speech, some entrepreneurs required the contacts of Pakistani beef exporters.
Li Hongwu, Chairman of Pakistan Sichuan Chamber of Commerce said that they have been trying to bring Pakistani beef to Chengdu for more than four years. "It's great to know that the channel has been finally opened. I think the future commercial cooperation between Sichuan and Pakistan will be more and more smooth."