Czech envoy for promoting bilateral trade ties


Staff Reporter


The Ambassador of Czech Republic Tomas Smetanka has assured that Czech Embassy would try its best and strive hard to provide as accurate information about Pakistan as they can to the Czech businesses, investors and anyone who might have slightest interest in Pakistan’s market with a view to promote trade and investment ties between the two countries.
“It is something which is missing. We do receive what the world press occasionally writes about Pakistan but people and investors in Czech Republic are not very sure about how safe or not safe is Pakistan.
Our intention is to be as reliable and as accurate as possible”, he added while exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry. President KCCI Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, Senior Vice President Arshad Islam, Vice President Shahid Ismail, Honorary Consul General of Czech Republic in Karachi Ahmed Ansari and KCCI Managing Committee members attended the meeting.
Czech Ambassador mentioned that during the last three to four years, the trade exchange stood at around US$200 million per annum, of which one third was Czech exports to Pakistan while two-third was Pakistan’s export to Czech Republic.
“It means we get more from Pakistan than we export which is partly because of the GSP Plus that has facilitated Pakistan’s exports to European Union. The next step will be to raise our exports to Pakistan and we will also be enhancing cooperation with the business community of Karachi Chamber to promote trade”, he added.