Khusro invites Japanese companies to gain foothold in Pakistani market

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar on Monday invited the Japanese automobile companies to explore potential of exporting automobile parts to other countries.

He said this while meeting with Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Kuinori Matsuda to discuss the bilateral cooperation in different potential areas including automobile sector.

During the meeting, both shared the key areas of cooperation in industrial sector and modernization of local engineering industry.

The Minister discussed the business opportunities for Japanese Automobiles companies under frame work of new auto policy focusing on localisation and making the auto sector export-oriented.

He said these incremental steps would revolutionized the automobile industry of the country by connecting it to global supply chain and distribution channels.

During interaction, the Minister highlighted the setting up of Karachi Industrial Park on 1500 acres of PSM land, adding, the project would provide opportunity to foreign investors including Japanese companies to gain foothold in Pakistani market as well as abroad by capitalizing on cheap labor and port location.

Furthermore, the Minister apprised the Ambassador on Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy.

He said the new policy has started bearing fruits now and Pakistan’s existing economic environment provided excellent opportunity for Japanese companies to investment in mobile phone manufacturing.

The ambassador shed light on mutual cooperation between JICA and Ministry of Industries and Production to enhance export base and suggested bilateral forum for issuance of certificates for international standards of export goods like auto parts, tyres, chemicals, IT and communications and enhancement of engineering development skills.

The meeting ended on a high note that mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Japan would be extended in light of new auto, SME and existing mobile manufacturing policies and improved ease-of-doing-business steps taken by government of Pakistan for industrial sector.

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