President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized the need for accelerated engagements and cooperation with Norway in diverse sectors including trade, business, investment, green energy, education, skill development, defence and exports of Pakistan’s cost-effective but highly prized fruit and vegetables.
Talking to Pakistan’s Ambassador-designate to Norway Ms. Sadia Altaf Qazi, who called him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday, the President said that there was need to substantially enhance bilateral trade from its existing volume of US$ 128.404 million which did not represent the true potential by promoting exports of traditional and non-traditions products and services to the rich and affluent market of Norway.
Arif Alvi advised the Ambassador-designate to proactively engage and interact with Pakistani expatriates, provide them proactive counsellor services and through their platforms not only promote bilateral trade and investment but also take meaningful steps for increasing people-to-people contacts and promotion of Pakistan’s rich, diverse, social & cultural values and tourism opportunities.
He advised the Ambassador to explore meaningful and doable opportunities and venues for bilateral cooperation in the field of academia, scientific, industrial research & development and collaboration between the counterpart Universities and Institutes of the two countries. Efforts should also be made for including Pakistan in Norway’s list of prioritized countries for enhancing education cooperation under its Panorama strategy 2021-2027, he added.
The President said that the ambassador should work to secure Norway’s support in expediting the conclusion of Pakistan’s Free Trade Agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and to create linkages between with the Chambers of Commerce and Industries of the two countries for possible joint ventures, technology transfer, holding social, cultural and business events, exchange of trade delegations and reciprocal ease and facilitation of trade and investment.