Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese has said the new economic mission would be deployed in Pakistan to further promote bilateral trade and economic cooperation in different potential areas.
The Italian Ambassador said on Sunday that initially the new economic mission would be established in major cities of Pakistan including Karachi and Islamabad and later it would be expanded to other potential trade hubs to increase the economic and trade integration between Pakistan and Italy.
Andreas Ferrarese said that there was huge trade potential in different sectors of economy which needed to be explored and in this regard both sides were engaged in the dialogue process through the Pak-Italy Joint Economic Commission was the forum for bilateral economic engagement and was expected to meet in Rome.
He said that currently Italy was providing technical assistance in Agriculture and textiles upgradation through modern machinery, value addition in agriculture, leather and marble sectors.
The Ambassador said 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.
Replying to a question on trade Pakistan trade with European Union (EU) countries, he said out of its whole trade contribution to EU, Pakistan’s share with Italy was 10 percent which would be enhanced in future.
Andreas Ferrarese acknowledged that Italy has become the largest contributor from the EU to Pakistan in remittances.
He underlined the importance of promoting cultural connectivity to promote bilateral trade.
The Ambassador said that he would also encourage exchange of students to further strengthen bilateral relations. The senior diplomat said that Italy was committed to extend the cooperation of a diverse potential sector to enhance the bilateral economic and cooperation between Pakistan and Italy.
Andreas Ferrarese was of the view that Italy wanted to start a new era of economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan through transfer of technology and for upgradation of Pakistan’s textile industry.
He said green economy, transfer of technology for industrial sector including textiles and agro industry, construction sector, education and health are major areas of focus to extend the bilateral cooperation.
The ambassador said through green economy, Italy wanted to cooperate with Pakistan for environment protection, circular economy,resource saving and management, ecosystem protection and recovery,water conservation and natural disaster prevention.