Staff Reporter Islamabad
Italy would establish a gemstones training institute in -Baltistan in order to exploit the potential of these areas as well as enhancing mutual cooperation between both the countries.
This was stated by Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese, while talking to Chairman Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Qurban Ali.
He said Italy was 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.
“We were considering to be established a training institute to promote the gems and jewelry and gemstone industry in Gilgit-Baltistan to promote trade and investment opportunities in these areas”, he added.
He said that currently Italy was providing technical assistance to Pakistan in agriculture and textiles industry upgradation through modern machinery, value addition in agriculture, leather and marble sectors.
Pakistan was also working to expand its cooperation in agricultural items including dairy, livestock, olive and olive products, processed food and construction sector in Italian market.
The Ambassador further informed that dairy and livestock, olive and olive products, plastics, processed food and the construction sector were the areas where Italy could extend its cooperation with Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion Qurban Ali said the move of Italian government would be a milestone in the development of the gems and jewellery industry in Gilgit-Baltistan also help to achive the objective of employment generation in the region.
Chairman FPCCI said that Gilgit-Baltistan was currently a region rich in natural resources, including precious stones and minerals.
He said that Italy-Pakistan economic cooperation, including in bilateral trade, industry and agriculture was exemplary, which would be further enhanced.
Pakistan has an export potential of worth US $ 32 billion annually in the latent gemstones industry to earn revenue for strengthening the country’s economy, he said adding that local exporters of gemstones must go for innovation andadd on modern technology to enhance the value of precious and semi-precious stones for the international competitive market to earn more profits.