PCJCCI for pro­mo­tion of cul­tural ties with Asia-Pa­cific re­gion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE: Pak-China Joint Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (PCJCCI) Pres­i­dent Shah Faisal Afridi has urged the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan to take a lead in de­vel­op­ing an "in­for­ma­tion silk road" for hav­ing max­i­mum ben­e­fits out of the eco­nomic cor­ri­dor to be con­structed by China in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion.

In a press state­ment is­sued here to­day, he said that roads and rail­ways are easy enough to build, but it is hard to cul­ti­vate men­tal har­mony among peo­ple that holds more im­por­tance in re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity. In­for­ma­tion has be­come a core re­source and is cru­cial to in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

"The next leap for re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity is to cre­ate Asi­aPa­cific In­for­ma­tion Su­per­high­way", he said adding that the in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment was pro­gress­ing steadily for the China-pro­posed Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, but par­al­lel with a com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture net­work con­nect­ing Asia, Europe, and Africa, there was dire need of break­ing the bar­ri­ers of in­for­ma­tion among the con­nect­ing na­tions.

Faisal Afridi fur­ther elab­o­rated that Peo­ple-to-peo­ple bond pro­vides the public sup­port for im­ple­ment­ing the strate­gic Ini­tia­tives. "We should carry for­ward the spirit of friendly co­op­er­a­tion of the Silk Road by pro­mot­ing ex­ten­sive cul­tural and aca­demic ex­changes, per­son­nel ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion among media, youth and vol­un­teers so as to win public sup­port for deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral har­mony, he said.

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