Pakistan and turkey are now cooperating and undertaking joint ventures to promote both cultures through film and drama industry. Both countries have decided to build Pak-Turk culture center for this purpose. This came about during meetings of minister of information and broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb with Turkish Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism Ahmet Misbah and a delegation of film Industry in Istanbul. Maryam Aurangzeb recognized the unforgettable role of Turkey in development of Pakistan saying both the countries enjoy deep rooted cordial relations. She said both Pakistan and Turkey can project their cultural diversity and natural beauty at the international level through screen tourism.
She said that our government framed the country’s first film and culture policy. She also added that use of latest technology, quality and content of film are part of the policy. The government has abolished tax on film industry, culture and tourism sectors in the current year budget. Foreign filmmakers are also being given rebates in joint film and drama projects at the local level. She emphasized that their aim is to promote business activities including tourism and culture in Pakistan.
The Information Minister said that steps have been taken to establish new cinemas, rehabilitate them and give incentives to the artists. Pakistan will benefit from the experiences of Turkey for the development of tourism sector.
Maryam Aurangzeb pointed out that there are several archaeological sites in Pakistan and significant funds have been allocated for their preservation. The archaeological sites are the best assets to develop tourism. Alluding to the picturesque places in northern areas, the Information Minister said the Turkish filmmakers can also film in these beautiful tourist areas. The Turkish Minister said that his country will provide all the possible support to Pakistan in the field of tourism. The Turkish delegation of film industry said that the best companies from Netherlands, Turkey and France which are based in Turkey can provide technical support in film processing lab.