China most likely to move part of $300b textile industry to Pakistan

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-04-10 14:00:00 – Islamabad

Pakistani delegates, who returned to Pakistan on Thursday after eight days official visit to China and meeting senior government officials and Chinese businessmen. One of the delegates revealed that China is very serious and it is working out a plan to shift part of its $300 billion textile industry most likely to Pakistan, in coming years to meet its domestic demands.

One of the prominent Chinese banks has shown willingness to invest in Pakistan to establish industrial zone, it means China is serious and wants business, now it is up to Pakistan that whether it utilizes the opportunity by offering maximum facilitation to Chinese investors or not.

He said that there is a general understanding that due to one child policy, in coming days, one child will replace his parents, who are already on the verge of life expectancy and have entered old age, in near future, the population would reduce, while the resources would improve, due to inheritance, it would have less manpower, so in coming days China would reduce textiles and would go for food security.

In this regard, Chinese bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, ICBC and Pakistani Habib Bank have already carried out pre-feasibility studies in Gwadar, Pind Daden Khan and Bahawalpur areas, to find an appropriate place to establish 5000 acres industrial zone in Pakistan.

He said that the representatives did not disclosed that which locality they have finally select but hinted that it would be close to Silk Route.

The official said that during meetings China showed keen interest in three sectors, namely steel, cement and textiles. The Chinese delegates were fully prepared and they asked macro level questions which were answered with precise answers, for example the Pakistan delegation told them they could invest in filaments, manufacturing of textile machinery, shuttle less looms and so on.

However, Chinese showed their concerns and wanted to know how Pakistan government will provide safety to Chinese business in prevailing law and order situation in Pakistan.

Secretary Board of Investment and Secretary Ministry of Textiles also gave comprehensive presentations and answered the questions like Chinese could start a joint venture or on their own, as there were no restrictions in the country as compare to neighbouring country India.

The official said that Chinese investors also asked about the energy issues and they were told that any industry could have their own captive plants and that the government policies were pro investment.

Chinese bank had hired a chartered accountant who gave specific answers to Chinese business community queries regarding investment related matters.

Sharing his observations the official said that China has reduced subsidies to its textile sector, and only running the sector for employment purpose, after enjoying the world’s second top cotton producing country status.

The Pakistan government must ensure safety of Chinese investors for plan’s successful implementation.

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