Pakistan Visit Strengthens Friendly Ties

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-04-21

The Mayor of Chengdu Tang Liangzhi traveled to Pakistan in April to explore cooperation in various sectors between the two sides.
The friendship between Chengdu and Pakistan started in the 1990s covering sectors including aviation, military industry, chemical engineering and machinery.
In 2006, Pervez Musharraf, the then-president of Pakistan, visited Sichuan and signed an agreement to initiate a range of cooperation projects between the province and Punjab.
The Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu opened in 2007. In 2009, Air China opened a direct route from Chengdu to Karachi, Pakistan.
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry established its first overseas office in Chengdu in 2010. The federation and the consulate encourage and help business groups from Pakistan attend expos in Chengdu, especially the Western China International Fair. Made-in-Pakistan products such as wood furniture, bronzeware, carpets and jewelry proved popular during the fair. At last year's event, more than 60 exhibition booths displayed products from Pakistan.
According to Amna Baloch, consul general of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu, Pakistan has participated in 15 of the fairs, which have long been an important platform for Pakistan.
The Western China International Fair is a significant platform for western China to further open up to Asian regions.
In addition to business, Pakistan and Chengdu also work together on environmental protection. The national geology center of Pakistan visited Chengdu several times and attended summits with local scholars.
The Institute of Chengdu Mountain Hazards and Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Punjab in 2014.
The Southern Silk Road, which starts in Chengdu and terminates in South Asia, is one of the ancient international trade routes in China.
Chengdu is developing economic and trade platforms with regions along the Southern Silk Road. As the emerging growth engine in high-tech, innovation and manufacturing, Chengdu has a range of advantageous industries including autos, electronic information, metallurgy, food and beverages, petrochemical engineering, building materials, light manufacturing and machinery.
The city is home to 262 Fortune Global 500 companies. Its industrial and scientific parks have attracted significant investment.
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