The news: The second Digital Industrial Exhibition & Conference was inaugurated by the president of Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI), Zarak Khan. The conference was held online on May 13, under the newly set up Online Business Forum of PCJCCI and in collaboration with the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang and Shandong Government of China.
The digital industrial conference: The online business forum has been established by PCJCCI to help Pakistan and China’s mutual trade relationship pick up speed and make up for the lost time during coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. The inaugural session of the exhibition was addressed by the Chinese and Pakistani business leadership as well as multiple officials of PCJCCI namely Zarak Khan, the President, Moazzam Ghurki the Senior Vice President, and Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary-General of PCJCCI.
‘Consensus of organizers’: While addressing the opening session of the exhibition, president Zarak Khan reflected on the challenges of conducting business and face-to-face conferences after the spread of covid-19 and nationwide lockdowns in both countries. He mentioned a consensus of organizers to conduct several integrated digital exhibitions that will focus on areas of interest related to business and trade between China and Pakistan.
Pak-China trade: Khan said that these conferences and exhibitions will allow PCJCCI member companies to directly connect with Chinese businesses that deal in electronics, auto-spare parts, machinery, metal, industrial parts, and hardware equipment. Due to the pandemic, normal business activities have been disrupted. The purpose of these exhibitions is to provide modern solutions to execute regular business operations while preventing physical contact and keeping protective measures in mind.
‘Digital industry lacks training’: Moazzam Ghurki, Senior Vice President PCJCCI, claimed that the digital industry in Pakistan is fairly new and doesn’t have many trained professionals. Multiple exhibitions like this will make way for associations between firms in both countries and hopefully, improve the expertise available in Pakistan at a faster rate. The officials lauded the enthusiasm and cooperation of Chinese and Pakistani companies like Nishat Group, NESPAK Pakistan Laboratories (Pvt). Ltd, Zhejiang Lingben Machinery and Electronics Co. Ltd, Taizhou Sabo Electronics Co. Ltd, Youli Electric and Machine Co. Ltd as well as the Zhejiang and Shandong province of China who worked hard to connect over 80 companies from Pakistan and China.