ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project of One Belt One Road vision which will ensure prosperity and development in the region.
She expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the CPEC Cultural Caravan Festival at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad on Sunday.
This festival is part of three-day Art and Culture Festival that started yesterday (Saturday).
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the CPEC festival depicted the Chinese and Pakistani culture and heritage on one screen, added that Pak-China friendship is based on mutual respect and love and is a wonderful part of our history.
The Minister said cultural agreement signed between Pakistan and China is a unique agreement ensuring the exchange of experiences of several sectors.
She said Pakistan will take part Shanghai Film Festival. She said CPEC is a way of cultural harmony between the two countries. Pakistan’s first Culture and Film Policy will be announced tomorrow at the concluding ceremony of the three-day festival, she added.
Paying rich tribute to the artists participating in the festival, the Minister of State said the artists have proved to be the true ambassadors of peace imparting the real image of Pakistan and its rich culture.
She appreciated the PNCA management for its wonderful effort to conduct the festival and artists for their commendable performance.
Earlier, Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a way to establish people to people contact of both countries.
He said CPEC Scholarship, theatre, film and cultural cooperation initiatives will also be launched this year, and both governments of Pakistan and China are taking bold measures for the success of the mega-project, Jing said.
The Chinese ambassador said support of people of the two countries is inevitable for the success of the CPEC project. This project will ensure the long-term benefit and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.
In his welcome note, Director General PNCA Jamaal Shah said its festival has brought closer the artist community of the two countries and a film co-production of Pakistan and China will also be started in April this year.
The program showcased the works of a caravan of Chinese and Pakistani artists who had travelled from Xian in China to Gwadar in Pakistan documenting the cultural heritage along the length and breadth of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The CPEC festival aims at promoting creative economy by focusing on potential bilateral trade and cooperation in culture and creative industries.