The third Chinese Visa Center was inaugurated by the Chinese Ambassador

23/09/2019

Chinese Visa Application Service Center inaugurated at Gerry’s Visa office in Lahore

 

Lahore, 23rd September, 2019:  To further strengthen ties between China and Pakistan and to facilitate people to people connections between the two countries, His Excellency Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of China has inaugurated the third Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Lahore. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr. Long Dingbin, Consul General of China in Lahore and Mr. Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, Chief Secretary of Punjab, Mr. Akram Wali Muhammad, Group Managing Director of Gerry’s International, officials of the Punjab Government and members of the Chinese-Pakistani business community.

The new Chinese Visa Application Service Center will help facilitate the business community, students and tourist of Punjab in applying for visa applications to mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR. The visa facilitation service provided by Gerry’s Visa offers a comfortable environment, additional value added services and absolute safety and security to the applicants.

On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony, the Chinese Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Yao Jing said in his inauguration speech that the opening of the third Chinese Visa Application Service Center is a very important step in strengthening the ties between the two countries, as Lahore and Punjab are the heart of bilateral trade: more than 60% of the businessmen travelling from Pakistan to China are from Punjab. The Visa Application Service Center will therefore ease the movement of the business community. The Center is the extension of the two governments efforts to ease doing business and to increase people to people connections. He expressed his hope that the business community of Punjab will take full advantage of the convenience of the new Visa Center. Ambassador Yao thanked the authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and the Government of Punjab as well as Gerry’s for their support and efforts to establish the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

The Chinese Ambassador noted, he is very pleased with the efforts made and extended by the Pakistani Government. Lahore, in fact is a very popular destination among Chinese investors due to the positive environment for business and the wealth of resources. There is ample opportunity to grow cultural relations and mutual understanding, therefore the Chinese Consulate General and the Embassy would like to focus on this area as well said Ambassador Yao. He also emphasized, that the two countries are looking forward to a bright, shared future.

Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Chief Secretary of Punjab said the new Chinese Visa Application Service Center will go a long way to increase the two brotherly countries. He thanked the Chinese Ambassador for setting up the Visa Application Center and thus facilitating applicants, while encouraging business and tourism. Pakistan under the One Belt One Road project and CPEC is standing in the doorstep to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities, investments coming from China. Mr. Chief Secretary emphasized that Punjab is open to doing business with China and is eager to learn from her in terms of economic development and sound planning. Mr. Khokhar assured the Chinese Ambassador of the support of the Government of Punjab to create a more conducive and enabling environment for business and investments for the mutual benefit of both countries.

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Gerry’s Group Managing Director, Mr. Akram Wali Muhammad said, Gerry’s aim is to provide the most convenient services augmented with state of the art equipment, in secure and comfortable facilities to ease the visa process for applicants .The new Chinese Visa Application Center brings the application process closer to the residents of Punjab as they do not have to travel to Islamabad or Karachi any longer to submit their applications. Gerry’s Group Managing Director expressed his gratitude to the Chinese missions for their support in establishing the Chinese Visa Application Service Center. Mr. Wali said Gerry’s is extremely proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the deepening of bilateral relations between China and Pakistan. The ease of access will encourage more Pakistanis to travel to China and explore the beautiful sights and vibrant culture of the country and it will have a positive on economic relations, as it will ease the movement of businessmen as well – Mr. Wali said.

 The new Chinese Visa Application Service Center located in Gerry’s Visa office on Queen’s Road is equipped with state-of-the-art biometric enrolment and interview facility. Similarly to the existing Centers in Islamabad and Karachi, it is designed in line with international standards ensuring greater transparency, traceability and increased security for the visa applicants. The center operates between 9:00 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday. Applicants book an appointment online before appearing at the Visa Center. At the time applicants submit their visa, they present their application forms and every relevant supporting documents along with their passport. Visa services are available with normal submission.

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