Traders urged to cooperate in promotion of exports to UK, EU


Staff Reporter


Spokesman to Prime Minister on Trade for United Kingdom (UK) and Europe Sahibzada Amir Jahangir has said that he would act as a bridge between the private sectors of Pakistan and UK/EU and called upon the business community to cooperate with him for promoting Pakistan’s trade and exports with these countries.
Addressing the local business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) on Thursday, Amir Jahangir stressed that Pakistani entrepreneurs should share catalogues of their products and brochures with him so that he could arrange their display in Pakistani embassies in UK and EU to introduce them to the consumers of these countries.
He said that Pakistani businessmen should do aggressive marketing of their products in UK and EU and assured that he would support them in such pursuits. He said that he would conduct road shows and seminars on Pakistani products in UK and urged that Pakistani business community should cooperate with him by providing samples and brochures of their products.
The PM’s Spokesman said that Pakistani missions in UK and EU could not promote Pakistan’s business interests up to real potential due to constraints and he would assist them in such efforts.
He said that Pakistani diaspora in UK was keen to invest in Pakistan while Mussarat Foundation was planning to invest $250 million in Pakistan’s health sector to provide free medical treatment to Pakistanis.
Sahibzada Amir Jahangir said that he would try to bring more investment from UK and Europe to Pakistan and added that he was working purely on honorary basis for Pakistan and was taking no financial benefits from the government.
Speaking at the occasion, President ICCI Ahmed Hassan Moughal said that Pak-UK bilateral trade was in 2017 was $2.4 billion, which was not up to the real potential of both countries.
He said the two-way trade volume could be improved manifold by developing strong linkages between the private sectors of both countries.