Philippines eases visa condition for Pakistani business community

Our Special Correspondent

Karachi

The Philippines Government has agreed to waive-off the condition to submit Police Verification Certificate (PVC) for acquiring visa by replacing the recommendation letter of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) that would further help paving the way for enhancing trade.
This was announced by the Ambassador of Philippines to Pakistan Daniel Ramos Espiritu in response to the KCCI’s request while visiting KCCI
here on Wednesday.
He stressed that Pakistan and Philippines need to work together in order to develop their economies and provide better income to their people. “Huge area of opportunities exist where we can collaborate to enhance trade and businesses between the two countries”, Espiritu added.
He also highlighted Pakistan and Philippines close and cordial ties since the establishment of the bilateral relations between the two countries in 1949, which were evident in the high-level exchanges and agreements signed by both countries.
Prior to his arrival, Espiritu said he had the same impression about Pakistan as a country where explosions and bombings must be taking place all the time but his views practically changed within days after his arrival.
“Pakistan is a land of peaceful and friendly people who are the most friendly nation of the world”, he said, adding, the realities about Pakistan will be shared with the Filipino business community so that
maximum number of businessmen and industrialists from his country could visit Pakistan to explore opportunities.
Expressing concerns over meager trade volume between the two countries, Espiritu said that this was mainly due to the fact that people of both countries were not much aware of the immense opportunities available in Philippines for Pakistanis and vice-versa.
“Hence, we have to enlighten people about the trade and investment opportunities in both countries”, he stressed.
Referring to the “KCCI’s My Karachi Exhibition,” he assured to disseminate info about this exhibition amongst Filipino business community and look into the possibility of setting up a special pavilion of Philippines at the Exhibition in April 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairman BMG Group, Anjum Nisar appreciated Philippines Ambassador for taking KCCI’s suggestion into consideration by scraping the condition of Police Verification for Karachi chamber’s members. It will help further improving trade ties between the two countries, he pointed out.

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