China wants Sino-Pak film collaboration

Staff Report
Tuesday - February 6, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday welcomed the proposal by Chinese state administration of press, publication, radio, film and television (SARFT) vice minister Tong Gang for working on an agreement between the two countries for cooperation in the area of film production and film infrastructure.

According to an official statement, Aurangzeb expressed the hope that the agreement will be prepared and formalised expeditiously.

Information minister dilating on collaboration between radio and television of both the countries, informed her host that the present government was formulating a film policy which will include various incentives for the revival of the film industry in Pakistan adding that it will soon be announced.

She said that Pakistan was now producing good quality films for cinema viewers, however, it wanted to follow Chinese model to further develop the film industry on modern lines.

Aurangzeb observed that presently China was collaborating with 19 countries in film production and Pakistan wanted to become its 20th partner in this field.

She informed the Chinese minister that Pakistan had set up a Chinese cultural centre in Pakistan, national council of the arts (NCA). Aurangzeb said that Pakistan was committed to participate in the film festival on the eve of summit meeting of the Shanghai cooperation organisation (SCO).

She said that China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) was all about the people and stressed the need for enhancing cultural collaboration between the two countries to familiarise them about the benefits the mega-economic initiative.

She said that CPEC was a flagship project of belt and road initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping for shared prosperity and well-being of the people across the region and beyond.

Welcoming the delegation, Gang said that China and Pakistan friendship was an example of brotherly relations for the world. He informed Aurangzeb that China was producing 700 films annually and had nearly 50,000 cinema screens.

China, he said, was keen to share its experience with Pakistan.

Pakistan ambassador to China Masood Khalid and senior officials from both sides were present in the meeting.