Germany to help with trade facilitation & technical education: Irfan

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Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, President FPCCI, has expressed his satisfaction that Pakistan’s bilateral trade surplus with Germany has crossed psychological mark of $1 billion and there are clear indications that Pakistani exports are on a growth trajectory with the world’s fourth largest economy and the largest in Europe with a GDP of $4.5 trillion.

However, President Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh noted, the exports of $2.5 billion are still way too below the real potential as there is huge demand of Pakistani textiles in Germany, he remarked in a message on the occasion of the visit of H. E. Mr. Andreas Wegner, Deputy Consul General of Germany, to the Federation House.

Mr. Suleman Chawla, SVP FPCCI, stated that Pakistan should be focused on the renewal and expansion of GSP+ to make full use of the very affluent German consumer market. He also stressed upon the need to export services and human resources to Germany in large numbers.

Mr. Shabbir Mansha, VP FPCCI, explained that Pakistan can benefit from Germany enormously through technology transfer as Germany is one of the most advanced countries in the world technologically. He requested the visiting diplomat that German embassy should consider making visa issuance process speedy and more forthcoming for Pakistan as a lot of businessmen, workers, tourists and students want to go to Germany for their respective fields of interests.

Sahibzadi Mahin Khan, Convener of FPCCI’s Standing Committee on Diplomatic Affairs, proposed that the scope of GIZ programs of Germany should be expanded in other provinces of Pakistan; like they have are being offered in Punjab as youth is the advantage point of Pakistan and they can be empowered & emancipated through technical training opportunities.