By APD writer Muhammad Sohail
China’s vibrant and the world’s largest commodity market Yiwu has become an ideal destination for the Pakistani handicrafts.
A variety of products from Pakistan can be seen at different shops and display centers at the wholesale as well as regular shops in different business centers in Yiwu, a vibrant market that attracts millions of customers from around the world annually.
Pakistani businessman Muhammad Naeem have been purchasing products from Yiwu for the over last 10 years to sell them to local shopkeepers in Pakistan. However, now he has become one of the Pakistani exporters who are exporting their products to Yiwu and earning handsome profits.
“I never thought that I could sell products to Yiwu. During my one trip to the city in 2016, I found an opportunity, I started negotiations and the Chinese buyers expressed interest in Pakistani handicrafts. Later, they approved samples sent by me and I started supplying them quality handicrafts,” Naeem told APD on Thursday.
The exporter said that he has not his own factory, but he gets his products prepared from different rural areas and towns from across Pakistan so that a variety of and quality products can reach customers in Yiwu.
According to the exporter, Yiwu gave international exposure to Pakistani handicrafts and now people from across the world like these products.
“Yiwu has not only given a big boom to my business by more than doubling it but it has also increased employment and gave a push to handcraft production in Pakistan. When I go to villages to place orders, the workers look very happy as these orders will help them run their house expenditures,” said Naeem, who also has a display center in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
The businessperson believed that China International Import Expo will increase demand for Pakistani products.
He said Chinese markets and customers especially from Yiwu have started looking towards Pakistan especially after the launch of China's Belt and Road initiative, which has become a living reality of the world because of its inclusiveness.
Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed told Xinhua that Belt and Road Initiative has brought Yiwu and the world nearer especially through a cargo train that connects London and Yiwu.
“A cargo train from London reached Yiwu only in 19 days by covering 12 thousands of kilometers across the Asia-Euro continent. A linkage, which has made Yiwu more open and inclusive for the international market,” said the senator who believed that Yiwu will become the world’s top trading city in the coming years.
A big number of Pakistani businessmen and producers have been visiting Yiwu for their businesses especially to purchase products, but now the trend is being changed as now more and more Pakistanis are rushing to the city to sell their products.
The senator, who has visited China for more than 60 times during the last 40 years, suggested that Pakistan should also develop a city like Yiwu and then interconnect it with Yiwu so that Pakistani market can get the maximum benefit from it.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)