Leader of a Chinese delegation Zhu Maa has shown interest in investing in the Halal meat industry in Pakistan and exporting it to China and the Middle East.
Mr. Zhu said this during a meeting with Minister for States & Frontier Regions and Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi.
According to a statement issued by the ministry on Sunday, the delegation from Sichuan Province in China wants to invest in the Pak halal meat industry to meet the growing demands of halal meat in China and other parts of the world.
The delegation said that their province has a large number of Muslims who want to consume halal meat. They also stated that China has the expertise and trained professionals who could help Pakistan improve its halal meat exports.
Mr Zhu, the leader of the delegation also showed a keen interest in promoting Pakistani products including halal food in the Chinese market.
“I have visited Pakistan around half a dozen times and each time it was a great experience. People in both countries are very friendly. There is a need to tap into
opportunities for investment in Pakistan by the Chinese,” he said.
The Minister says a one-window service for foreign investors has been introduced
The minister said that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has created opportunities for the underdeveloped countries to rise like China.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision will benefit the underdeveloped countries to join the world and they will rise with help from BRI,” he said.
Mr. Afridi said the PTI government had launched a reforms process in Pakistan so it could be open for foreign investors.
“China and its people live in our hearts. Chinese people have stood for Pakistan since day one. It gives me immense delight that I am meeting Muslims of China who believes in one God and faith.”
He said that China’s unprecedented rise reflects that a strong nation can get all parts of the country along and this is how President Xi has done wonders with his poverty alleviation campaign.
“We salute and cherish the way the Chinese government has got 800 million people out of poverty. Today China is an inspiration for the entire globe,” he added.
The minister said that Pakistan provided firm support to China during Ping Pong diplomacy and helped it become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and it (Pakistan) is still with China when it has become a great world leader.
“It is unfortunate that Pakistan’s image has been replicated negatively. I hope after watching Pakistan closely you would become ambassadors of Pakistan and tell the Chinese nation how peaceful and loving Pakistanis are,” he said.
Mr. Afridi said that due to Chairman Mao Zedong leadership and Deng Xiaopeng’s reform agenda, China has become one of the greatest economic giants of the world.
“Entrepreneurship is the way of Sunnah of Holy prophets. Pakistan is blessed with all resources. We have all seasons and we are blessed with our youths and we have rich mineral resources and fertile lands. Return on investment is much higher in Pakistan in the entire region and our government has opened Pakistan for international investors to come and invest here,” he said.
The minister said that Pakistan has rich resources of religious tourism and it has most out of 14 top mountains.
“Kohat is an oil and gas producing district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Our manpower is doing wonders across the globe. One-window service for foreign investors has been introduced and the World Bank has declared Pakistan top country in Asia in Ease of Doing Business policy,” he said.
“Every single penny you invest here will be taken care of by the Pakistan government. More people in Pakistan are now learning Chinese and inter-marriages are taking place,” the minister said.