The Bank of China (BoC) became operational in Pakistan as it inaugurated its first branch in Karachi on Tuesday.
Emphasising that it was “a great honour” for the bank to be launched in Pakistan, BoC Chairman Chen Siqing noted that the Karachi branch was its first in South Asia.
The Dawn quoted him as saying that the bank would strengthen the “brotherly relations” between the two countries in the financial sector.
Siqing also highlighted that the bank could help Pakistan effectively reap the benefits of Beijing’s economic prosperity.
Welcoming the bank to Pakistan, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Tariq Bajwa, said that the increased diversity of foreign banks would increase the country’s economic resilience.
He also expressed hope that Pakistan would learn from BoC’s expertise in the small and medium enterprises sector.
Speaking during the launch, Acting Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Zhao Lijian said that the opening of the bank “marked the confidence of the Chinese corporate sector in Pakistan’s economic situation.”
President Mamnoon Hussain, who was also present on the occasion, expressed confidence that the newly-launched bank will help accelerate infrastructure development and overall economic growth of the country.