Agriculture, livestock major potential of GB region: Andreas

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Observer Report
Islamabad

Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese has said that there is huge potential in agriculture and livestock in Gilgit Baltistan and transfer of technology would be must to promote the value addition in these sectors.

Speaking with a follow-up meeting with Chairman Pakistan Federation Chamber of Commerce and industry (FPCCI) Qurban Ali at Capital Office on Sunday, he said Gilgit Baltistan is potential region for promoting the agriculture, live stock, horticulture and tourism and Italian government can cooperate to enrich the true potential of these sectors.
Andreas Ferrarese said currently Italy was providing technical assistance in Agriculture and horticulture upgradation through modern machinery, value addition in agriculture, livestock and tourism sectors in the region.

Pakistan was working to expand it to Agricultural items including dairy and livestock, olives and olive products, plastics, processed food and construction sector in Italian market, he added.

The Italian Ambassador underlined the importance of promoting cultural connectivity with Pakistan and regional cultures to promote bilateral trade.

Dairy and Agriculture and livestock, cherries and cherries products, processed food and the construction sector were the areas where Italy could extend its cooperation with Pakistan, he maintained.

Andreas Ferrarese also agreed to provide ease for the family VISAs to Pakistani businessmen and traders to further promote business to business ties between Pakistan and Italy.

“Simplification of the VISA process and procedure is the top priority of the Italian embassy in Islamabad” he said.

He said that this would help business communities from both the countries to enhance mutual interaction for exploring new avenues of mutual businesses and investment to increase the bilateral trade between both sides.

The Ambassador said that Chief Minister, Gilgit Baltistan Khalid Khurshid is also ready to enhance cooperation in different potential sectors for trade and investment.