LAHORE – As the Chinese Lunar New Year is here, the Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) arranged a ceremony to felicitate Chinese businessmen, entrepreneurs, and investors associated with the traders’ body.

The ceremony was presided by S.M. Naveed, President PCJCCI while Senior Vice president Dr. Iqbal Qureshi, Executive Committee members, including Irfan Mehboob and Rizwan Nisar also extended their greetings to the Chinese guests. Other participants including Elton and Ahmed Ma were also present.

S.M. Naveed while addressing the ceremony said that Chinese collaboration has played a great role in keeping the trustworthy relationship intact among the two friendly nations. He said that the decision of Pakistan to join hands with China for the remarkable projects such as CPEC, One Belt, One road, AIIB, SCO and BRICS for building economic and political linkages with neighbors and Asian countries has truly been commendable.

He further informed that this year PCJCCI, has taken special initiatives to bring investment from China in the eight potential industrial sectors including Furniture, Handicrafts, Textiles, Fertilizer, Cement, Glass work, Energy and Pharmaceuticals. He said that these sectors were jointly identified by the high Authorities of PCJCCI in order to bring positive results in all aspects.

Dr. Iqbal Qureshi while expressing his goodwill to the Chinese friends said that he is confident that the strong bond of Pakistan and China will set a good example before the world. He added that the joint efforts of Pakistan and China for the prosperity of both nations have really set a high precedent.

S.M Naveed along with other officials paid a special tribute to the Chinese communities who have maintained friendship and lived in harmony with the local people and made indispensable contributions to the economic and social development of Pakistan.

He expressed hope that all Chinese in Pakistan will carry forward the fine Chinese culture and traditional virtues, reveal the spirit of diligence, bravery, intelligence and make more contributions to a better Pakistan by keeping in view friendly traits between the two friends.

The Chinese New Year celebration was followed by cake cutting and heartfelt blessings were delivered to the Chinese people from the members of PCJCCI.