Ambassador of Romania Nicolaie GOIA has said that there is a lot of room for promotion of trade between the two countries. Private sectors of the both countries should intensify b-2-b contacts and Romanian Embassy is ready to extend full cooperation in this regard.
While talking to the LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rasheed, Vice President Zeshan Khalil and Executive Committee members here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Romanian Ambassador said that to boost the existing trade volume, some extra ordinary efforts are required. He said that Romania has vast business opportunities. Pakistani businessmen should come forward and avail these opportunities.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan is a resourceful country. It has all weathers, vast fertile land, best quality fruits & vegetable. He said that Romanian investors are keen to step in joint ventures with their Pakistani counterparts. He said that exchange of delegations between Romania and Pakistan can help boost the bilateral trade volume which at the moment does not match the potential exist in the two countries.
The LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rashid said that Romania has been the fastest growing economy of the European Union for second consecutive year and is the 7th largest market in EU. Pakistan and Romania have longstanding cooperation in political, economic, cultural and scientific fields. Pakistan-Romanian relationship had many aspects evolved since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1964.
He said that Pakistan and Romania had developed strong economic, trade and cultural relations rooted in decades old history and presently both countries are looking to expand economic cooperation besides enhancing their import and export ties. He appreciated the support provided by Romania to Pakistan for acquiring the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) with European Union (EU) countries.
The LCCI Senior Vice President said that with respect to trade, both countries could greatly benefit from each other. Total exports from Pakistan to Romania in 2014 were around 25 million dollar that dropped to 21 million dollars in 2016. Whereas imports fromRomania in 2014 were above 167 million dollars which dropped to 85 million dollars in 2016. The bilateral trade figure for the year 2016 is more than $107 million.