Pakistani delegation consisting of Secretary Ministry of Textiles Amir Khan Marwat and Director Kanwar Usman is on visit to China to hold meetings with the Chinese government on free trade agreement between the two countries.
Pakistan is expected to not only get a major breakthrough in textile exports to China, but also opening of first Pakistani bankâ€™s branch is also on the cards, where Pakistani officials would hold meetings with host government, to extend maximum facilitation to the Pakistani exporters after the opening of new bank.
They have received very encouraging reports from the delegation and hope some major breakthroughs in terms of textile exports to China, an official said.
During meetings Chinese officials agreed that they would lower conditions related to standards of the export firms and some other conditions are also expected to be lowered.
According to officials there was no branch of any Pakistani bank in China, but after Chinese government lowered minimum equity conditions, now Habib Bank qualifies and expectedly, the bank would open its first branch in China soon.
The officials said that Pakistani delegation would help State Bank to identify, that how bank could facilitate Pakistani exporters.
In terms of banking relations, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has three branches in Pakistan whereas Pak-China Investment
Company is operating as a Development Finance Institution for the promotion of trade, investment and economic growth in Pakistan, said Abid Qamar, chief spokesman State Bank of Pakistan.
Presently, Pakistani banks have their presence in China as Representative Offices that include National Bank, Bank, United Bank and Bank AL-Habib. However, no Pakistani bank branch is presently operating in China.
Pakistan and China enjoy a multi-dimensional friendship that has passed the test of international vicissitudes.
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