China to cooperate in tourism, herbal, hydro power and horticulture sectors


    Shimla: China Government would be extending technical and allied expertise in tourism, herbal, hydro power and horticulture sectors to Himachal Pradesh Government. Willingness was expressed by a high level Chinese delegation headed by the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Zhang Yan who called on Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, accompanied by Mr. Song Danhui, Third Secretary (Political), Ms. Yu Yao, Third Secretary, Mr. Zuo Qiwei, Attache and Mr. Yuan Yuesheng, Project Director, Longjian Road and Bridge Limited Company beside Mr. Dhyan Chand, Chairman, HP Committee PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Umesh Akre, here today.
    Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, raised the issue of providing access to the Mansarovar pilgrims through Himachal Pradesh, which was shortest and comparatively more safer to undertake pilgrimage to the Holy Mansarovar in Chinese territory. He said that Himachal Pradesh had age old and traditional trade relations with Chinese and barter system was prevalent when there were no road and other communicative modes. He said that traders from either sides used to visit the tribal areas, exchange their products under barter system. He said that with the opening up of the traditional route trade and commerce activities would get boosted up and benefit people of both the nations immensely. He said that he would also be writing to the Government of India to take up the matter with its Chinese counterparts so that the route was opened for pilgrimage through Himachal Pradesh. He said that it would also go a long way in opening tourism promotion avenues to Chinese as well.
    Chief Minister said that the State would welcome investment and technical expertise of Chinese in promotion of tourism, horticulture, hydro power and herbal production. He said that bordering areas of both the countries had common topography where similar herbs could be cultivated to give boost to promote traditional system of ayurvedic medicines. He said that the state had different climatic zones where varieties of herbs could be cultivated. He said that patients the world over had been opting for ayurvedic medicines, for having no side affects. He said that Chinese happened to be experts in herbal medicines and State could be benefitted with their professional expertise in the field. He said that although Ayurvedic medicines were being promoted in the State by creating quality infrastructure which could cater to the increasing demand of ayurvedic medicines. He said that State benefit from Chinese traditional medicinal system.
    Prof. Dhumal said that hydro power, horticulture, information technology, small scale industries were other sectors where Chinese cooperation could be of immense benefit to the State. He said that the State already had requisitioned the services of Chinese road construction company which would be creating quality infrastructure in the State. He said that the State would be looking forward for more cooperation in other fields from Chinese Government.
    Mr. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador, said that the Chinese Government would be volunteering its expertise in the field of tourism, horticulture, herbal cultivation and medicine manufacturing, information technology and above that hydro power generation. He said that China would be willingly cooperate in cultivation of medicinal herbs in Himachal Pradesh to popularise traditional system of medicines amongst the hilly people. He said that the State had required infrastructural facilities which could benefit the farmers and consumers both. He said that trade and commerce between both the countries was on the increase and about US$ 45 billion worth of it was being carried at the moment which was likely to increase further. He said that Chinese delegation would be visiting Himachal Pradesh from time to time to give boost to all the sectors of mutual concern.
    Chinese Ambassador invited Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, to visit China to see for himself the development and other projects of concern which could be beneficial to the State in future development.