Chinese enterprise to set up smartphones assembling unit in Pakistan

The Chinese enterprise also briefed on Pakistan’s investment policies, the incentives given to export-oriented manufacturers, and Government’s Special Technology Zones Authority

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BEIJING: Vivo’s Head of Domestic and Overseas Manufacturing, Xie Xiaolin has expressed its intent in setting up an assembling unit in Pakistan in the future.

He made these remarks while talking to Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque in a virtual meeting.

The meeting was held recently as a part of the Embassy’s economic diplomacy outreach to the Chinese enterprises. Ambassador Haque was accompanied by the economic team of the Embassy. Pakistan’s Consul-General in Guangzhou was also a part of the meeting.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Haque noted with satisfaction the renewed impetus in economic ties between Pakistan and China and underlined the need to further broaden and diversify the economic relations.

He appreciated Vivo Mobile for its investment in the Pakistani market since 2017, discussed the company’s expansion plans in Pakistan, and expressed assurance of the Embassy’s full support.

Xie Xiaolin and his team briefed about Vivo’s business operations in Pakistan since 2017 and expressed their intent in setting up an assembling unit in the future.

The Chinese enterprise was also briefed on Pakistan’s investment policies, the incentives given to export-oriented manufacturers, and Government’s Special Technology Zones Authority.

Vivo is a design-driven technology company that designs and develops smartphones, smartphone accessories, software, and online services. Pakistan Ambassador to China Moin Ul Haque said that cooperation with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) “has transformed Pakistan’s economic landscape”.

In an interview, Haque spoke highly of the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship BRI project, saying it is “transformational” for his entire country.

Besides the Gwadar Port, which he said has become the crown jewel of the CPEC, Haque also lauded the eco-friendly Orange Line metro train in Lahore, the first of its kind in Pakistan, which officially opened for public in October 2020.

“You see the metro-train, it is a world-class, high-quality public transport system. In Lahore, the second-largest city of Pakistan, people have this very efficient, very modern and affordable transport system,” he said.

According to Haque, BRI projects have benefited the Pakistani people through job creation, improving livelihoods, eradicating poverty and upgrading remote areas.
Infrastructure development and energy upgrades have “helped change the economic, social and industrial landscape of Pakistan,” said Haque.

So far, more than 70,000 jobs have been created thanks to BRI cooperation, stressed Haque, adding that according to his government’s forecast, another half a million direct and indirect jobs will be created in the next five to seven years.

He further elaborated that “all these philosophies and dimensions of BRI directly contribute to the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).”

The 17 SDGs were adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, and others.

Being a witness of the signing of a series of BRI cooperation agreements between Pakistan and China, the ambassador also shared with Xinhua his personal experiences.

He recalled the difficult nights when the temperature was as high as 40 degrees celsius, the light went out and the fan stopped working due to power shortage, and one could not sleep.

Thanks to BRI projects, frequent power outages in peak season are now a thing of the past, he said. The ambassador told Xinhua that his country was seeking more cooperation with China on industry modernization and information technology (IT) since Pakistan began working on its special technology zones.

In September last year, Pakistan and China established a joint working group on information technology at the 10th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting of the CPEC.

Since assuming ambassadorship in Beijing in 2020, Haque has visited Z-park on several occasions, also known as China’s Silicon Valley, to see how Pakistan can learn from the Chinese side in IT technology, artificial intelligence, 5G, robotics and cloud computing.

In February, Pakistan’s Special Technology Zones Authority and China’s Zhongguancun “Belt and Road” Industrial Promotion Association signed a letter of intent to promote high-quality science and technological exchanges between the two countries.

“It’s just a beginning,” Haque said, expecting closer cooperation among research institutions and universities. “We want to see more cooperation in this area.”

Noting the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global economic impact, the diplomat called for collective effort, international solidarity and cooperation to address which he said was the biggest challenge faced by humanity in a long time.

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