Pakistan refused demand utilization of chinses currency

Pakistan refused demand utilization of chinses currency


Pakistan has rejected china’s request to enable its currency to be utilized in Gwadar under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework contending any such move would trade off its monetary sway.


Pakistan passed on its last position on the utilization of the foreign money in its domain to the Chinese experts amid the Senior Authorities Meeting (SOM) that was held on Monday in Islamabad, as indicated by authorities who were occupied with talks.

The SOM was held a day before the 7th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) – the highest decision-making body of CPEC.

There were likewise a few issues with respect to the consenting to of the Structure contract over the $2 billion Karachi circular Railways (KCR) venture.

During the JCC meeting Minister of planning Ahsan Iqbal would take up the issue (KCR) with Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission today (Tuesday)

“If a consensus is achieved on the KCR at the political level, only then will both the sides sign the Framework Agreement,” said the officials.

“China wants to introduce its currency in Pakistan as part of its policy to internationalize the renminbi (RMB) – the official name of its currency,” according to the Pakistan official

The Chinese specialists want to stay away from money trade risks appended with the utilization of the US dollar and the Pak rupee.

The Ministry of Finance and the State Bank of Pakistan opposed the Chinese demand to allow use of RMB.

In any case, both the sides concurred that all financial monetary plan would be made under the current respective currency Swap arrangement. The present swap arrangement will lapse one month from now and both the nations chose to broaden it, notwithstanding extending the present swap constrain which is equivalent to $500 million.

China wants Pakistan to accept its currency demand and make it part of the final draft of the Long-Term Plan (2014-2030),” said the officials, adding, “Pakistan has conveyed its opposition to the demand a few months ago but the Chinese side pressed it again.”

The last position was passed on Monday.

“Pakistan shall promote the construction of the Gwadar Port Free Zone by drawing on the experience of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and other Pilot Free Trade Zones in China, and explore RMB offshore financial business in Gwadar Free Zone,” according to the original LTP draft that Islamabad sent to Beijing for vetting in March this year.

The marking of the last draft of the LTP by China and Pakistan on Tuesday (today) is as yet subject to settlement of some pending issues.

Beijing additionally requested that Islamabad ought to set up the Customs Special Supervised Areas along the CPEC route for facilitation of its investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), said the officials.

Pakistan acknowledged the request, they included.

The LTP is the most critical element of the China-Pakistan economic relationship, as it lays the foundation of cooperation in all economic and financial areas for decades to come.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has announced to make the LTP final document public after the 7th JCC meeting.

The LTP is the most basic component of the China-Pakistan monetary relationship, as it establishes the framework of collaboration in all financial and budgetary regions for a considerable length of time to come.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has announced to make the LTP final document public after the 7th JCC meeting.

However, Pakistani authorities told The Express Tribune that the decision to make the LTP by the political leadership of both the countries, as there were some sensitivities involved in it.

Notwithstanding, according to the Pakistani authorities told that the choice to make the LTP public would be taken on Tuesday by the political initiative of both the nations, as there were a few sensitivities associated with it.

Another issue that may hamper the final signing and release of the LTP document on Tuesday is the eleventh-hour demands put forth by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to add in the LTP,” said the officials.

the federal government would want to address the K-P concerns to make the LTP a consensus document, albeit Chinese were not agreeing to that, said the authorities

The authorities said the $8.2 billion Fundamental Line-I (ML-I) project of Pakistan Railway was additionally examined in detail on Monday.


They said the Pakistani side had a few issues on the high cost of the undertaking and the sum that China will hold as the cost of capital merchandise and work. They said the KCR and the ML-I anticipate were interlinked.

The SOM also discussed Industrial Cooperation. The Pakistani side was led by Board of Investment Secretary Azher Ali Chaudhry.

The secretary said after the underlying work the stage was presently set for modern participation to achieve new statures.

In the underlying stage, the Chinese side has shared its experience in regards to arranging and improvements of SEZs. This stage will concentrate on the improvement of organized SEZs and to upgrade understanding in different regions of industrial Collaboration.

Both the countries also reviewed the energy sector cooperation that makes 72% of the CPEC portfolio

Power Secretary Younus Naseem Khokar said China did not raise any real issue and the advance on the progressing vitality ventures was exceptionally smooth.

He said Pakistan was in the process of adding more energy projects in order to make the full use of the 17,045 megawatts electricity generation capacity that both the countries wanted to attain under the CPEC framework.

He said Pakistan was including more vitality extends to make the full utilization of the 17,045 megawatts power age limit that both the nations needed to achieve under the CPEC system.




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