Shah Faisal Afridi, founder President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) has proposed to set up Pak-China Cultural Streets both in Pakistan and China to pave the way for Pak-China Cultural Corridor.
Responding to a 12-member high profile Chinese Delegation headed by Ms. Ling Yaqing, Secretary General, Worldwide Business Culture Exchange Center China, he reiterated that creation of Pak-China Cultural Corridor is a pre-requisite for the sustainable success of CPEC and OBOR projects.
The meeting held on this occasion was presided over by Mr. Wang Zihai, President PCJCnd was also attended by other office bearers including Mr. Moazzam Ghurki, Vice President PCJCCI.
Shah Faizal Afridi observed that Pak-China collaboration on cultural aspects would not only strengthen the friendly relationship but it will also strengthen the economic relations on long term basis.
He assured of advocating the idea of Pak-china Cultural Corridor under a systematic culture exchange programs. He said both the governments should think to establish specialized Pak-China cultural streets in major cultural cities of the two countries.
Earlier, President PJCCI Mr. Wang Zihai, in his address of welcome, said that Cultural exchange between Pakistan and China will enhance mutual understanding between people and will add fresh insight to broaden the horizons of people. He was of the view that Cultural exchange and related activities can yield a more powerful understanding than military task forces or political delegations.
The leader of the Chinese Cultural Delegation Ms. Ling Yaqing, while exchanging her views with PCJCCI Officer Bearers said that her vision is to endorse culture exchange and harmony initiatives as an active player in the success of One Belt One Road plan and more specifically CPEC.
OBOR is not merely about development and infrastructure, she said, rather it is about people-to-people contact and sharing each other’s values and culture.
She said that like Pakistan; China also has a vast range of rich heritage including dance, music, art, literature, cuisine, martial art and ancient traditions so the cultural exchanges would be highly entertaining and attractive in the days to come.
She informed that Currently 18,000 Pakistanis are studying in various disciplines at Chinese Universities and these students form an important bridge between the people of Pakistan and China. She regarded education, tourism, and hospitality as mainstream sectors in which business collaboration could stimulate cultural ties and bonding.
During the discussion VP of PCJCCI Moazzam Ghurki also stressed for deeper cultural harmony. He said that it is high time and in the backdrop of the current geopolitical situation, it is imperative for us to have knowledge of the Chinese culture, art, and great values.
It was jointly agreed in the meeting to intensify cultural cooperation and people-to-people contacts between the two countries to create a fruitful environment where Differences are celebrated and respected.