(Karachi P.R. 7th March, 2017) Mr. Alamgir Firoz, Chairman Standing Committee Diplomatic Affairs said that Pakistan and Spain enjoyed cordial relations since but the dedicated efforts are required from both sides to further improve two-way trade. Pakistan’s major exports to Spain included some textiles products while Pakistan’s major imports from Spain included all sorts of machinery & parts, chemical materials & products, iron & steel etc. which showed that bilateral trade is confined to few items and stressed for focusing on areas to further promote bilateral trade.
The frequent exchange of trade delegations and organizing single country exhibitions should be encouraged to promote trade and economic relations up to real potential. He further added that Agreements for the Economic Cooperation as well as to form a Joint Business Council should be signed to promote business linkages between the private sectors of both countries.
Spain is the 7th destination of Pakistan exports in the world and the 3rd in the EU and it wanted to further enhance trade with Pakistan as both countries have good potential to improve bilateral trade and economic relations, said H.E. Mr. Carlos Morales, Ambassador of Spain. He further added that Investment Policy should be shared.
He said Spain trade with Bangladesh is five times more than Pakistan. Pakistani business community should reach out to the outside world to show the potential of their products that would help in attracting more investment and promoting trade. He said $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a highly positive development as it has generated lot of interest in foreign investors to look at Pakistan with more interest.
He said both countries should focus on diversification to improve trade and identified IT as another potential area of mutual cooperation. He said FPCCI should take a sector-specific business delegation to Spain and assured that his Embassy would cooperate to make this visit successful.
Mr. Khalid Tawab, former Senior Vice President FPCCI proposed that a trade counselor should be deputed to Karachi, in response of it the Ambassador assure that they will surely look into this matter.
Mr. Salman Tufail appreciated the efforts done by Spanish Ambassador to enhance the trade between the countries and thanked him for visiting Federation House.
Maher Alam Khan
Acting Secretary General