Pakistan and Turkiye have decided to promote cooperation in the film and theater industries, establish joint ventures in film tourism and establish a Pak Turk cultural center.
The agreement came at meetings between Minister of Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Misbah and a film industry delegation in Istanbul.
The Minister of Information announced that Pakistan will attend a film mela in Turkiye to screen its films. She said three new films produced in Pakistan could be presented at the festival.
Both sides also agreed to work together to set up the latest film development laboratory in Pakistan. They agreed to work together to include filmmaking and acting in the curriculum.
Marriyum Aurangzeb paid tribute to Turkiye’s unforgettable role in Pakistan’s development, saying the two countries have deep-rooted warm ties.
She said both Pakistan and Turkiye can showcase their cultural diversity and natural beauty at the international level through screen tourism.
She said our government created the country’s first film and culture policy. She said that using the latest technology and the quality and content of the film are part of the policy. She said that we eliminated taxes on the film industry, culture and tourism sectors in the budget for the current year. Foreign filmmakers also receive discounts for joint film and theater projects at the local level. She said our goal is to promote business activities including tourism and culture in Pakistan.
The information minister said steps had been taken to build new cinemas, rehabilitate them and give incentives to artists.
The information minister said Pakistan will benefit from Turkiye’s experience for tourism sector development.
Marriyum Aurangzeb pointed out that there are several archaeological sites in Pakistan that have received significant funding for their preservation. She noted that our archaeological sites are the best resources for tourism development
Referring to the scenic spots in the northern areas, the information minister said Turkish filmmakers could film in these beautiful tourist areas.
The Turkish minister said his country will provide Pakistan with whatever support it can in the tourism sector.
Turkey’s film industry delegation said that the best companies from the Netherlands, Turkiye and France based in Turkiye can provide technical support in the film developing laboratory.