NO flattery. In true sense of the word, the German Unity Day, celebrated with a reception by the new consul general Eugen Wollfarth was really great. It was a delightful evening, and a great meeting place for a cross section of people like businessmen, diplomats, media personalities, and eminent citizens. In his short but inspirational speech Eugen said without mincing words that he was “thrilled” to be in an exciting city like Karachi.
German-Pakistan relations had always been good, but his own efforts will be to promote it on sounder lined, Trade and investment package will be thought of, and businessmen exchanges will be encouraged. In fact the two countries have already woven a strong bondage in the form of Pak-German Chamber of Commerce for the last few years, which is gaining momentum, and should promote a powerful platform for business and investment.
In his speech Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah spoke of great ties binding the two countries, and held out assurance that his province will be more than willing to open new avenues for economic growth. Thar coal power plant is a great example, and more power plants will be needed for industrial and agricultural growth in a province rich with human material and keen on having foreign investment for its brighter future.
Sindh assembly speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, senator Khush Bakht Shujaat, Dr Farooq Sattar, senator Nasreen Jalil, and a couple more represented the political side, while people like Kalim Farooqi, Byram Avari, Zia Ispahani, Nadeem Kazmi, Qasi Sajid Ali, Pervez Haroon madraswala, mian abrar, Moin Fudda, Jehanzeb Najam, and many more were from the business side, Among the diplomats were Swiss consul general Phippe, Russian counterpart Alexandr Khozin and his wife, Italian consul Anna Rufiino, French consul general Didier Talpain, consuls general of Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and lot more were prominent.
It was a tremendous evening, and Eugen and his wife, proved a great hosts. They were tremendous in hospitality. A three-month festival of German weeks on the anvil from 10th of this month, which will be of immense interest to academics, music lovers, historians and others.