(Karachi P.R. 31st January, 2017) A Malawian Delegation headed by Malawian Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa along with Malawian Deputy Ambassador in Kuwait Alison Edson Liwanda visited Federation House and held a meeting with the President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mr. Zubair Tufail and Other Office Bearers of FPCCI.
While welcoming the delegation, the President FPCCI Mr. Zubair Tufail briefed the activities of FPCCI and its role in economic development of Pakistan. He emphasized on the exploration of African market, which is the second largest continent of the world and Pakistan has not been able to realize its full potential despite being enjoying cordial relations with the African countries. The present volume of trade between Pakistan and Malawi is approximately US$ 10-11 million, which is very low. He added that Pakistan has huge potential in the traditional exports like rice, sports goods, mangoes, surgical instruments, pharmaceutical products, leather, dairy products, fresh vegetable and fruits and textile items.
The Vice President FPCCI Mirza Ishtiaq Baig stated that Pakistan and Malawi both are members of G-77 and Commonwealth blocs. Both countries should expand the trade and commercial relations through formulation of delegation and participation in exhibition.
Malawian Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa disclosed that there is no embassy or representation of Malawi Government in Pakistan, therefore Samir Mir Sheikh has been nominated as an Honorary Consul General of Malawi in Pakistan. He further added that in the months of May and June 2017, there would be Malawi International Trade Fair and invited FPCCI to participate in the fair.
Mr. Zubair F. Tufail, President FPCCI accepted the invitation and assured the representation of FPCCI in the delegation to Malawi for exploring the Malawian Market. He also appreciated the decision of Malawian government for appointing Honorary Consul General and termed that this will help in enhancing the bilateral relations with Malawi in particular and African region in general.
Maher Alam Khan
Acting Secretary General