Expo Pak­istan aims to strengthen trade with Iran

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Mah­naz Abdi

KARACHI — Expo Pak­istan is the big­gest trade fair in Pak­istan, show­cas­ing the largest col­lec­tion of ex­port mer­chan­dise and ser­vices. For­eign ex­hibitors from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries also use this plat­form to dis­play their prod­ucts.

First held in 2005, the suc­cess of last Expo Pak­istan in 2015 was man­i­fested by the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a large num­ber of lo­cal and for­eign buy­ers who set­tled busi­ness deals es­ti­mated at around $1.2 bil­lion.

Or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Com­merce and Trade De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Pak­istan (TDAP), the 10th Expo Pak­istan was held from Novem­ber 9 to 12, 2017 at Karachi Expo Cen­ter.

Among the many for­eign del­e­ga­tions vis­it­ing this year’s event, there was a del­e­ga­tion of Ira­nian busi­ness­men headed by Nazar Muham­mad Ran­jha, the com­mer­cial coun­selor of Pak­istani em­bassy in Iran.

Ira­nian del­e­gates from dif­fer­ent sec­tors in dif­fer­ent prov­inces dis­cussed busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties with the Pak­istani coun­ter­parts in some B2B meet­ings dur­ing the ex­hibit.

They also ex­plored the ways to pro­mote bi­lat­eral trade and re­move ex­ist­ing bar­ri­ers in the way of their busi­ness ties with the neigh­bor­ing coun­try in two sep­a­rate meet­ings with Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan Cham­bers of Com­merce & In­dus­try (FPCCI), with head­quar­ters in Karachi, and Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try (KCCI) on the side­lines of the expo.

Meet­ing each other best way to in­crease bi­lat­eral trade

On Novem­ber 11, the third day of vis­it­ing Expo Pak­istan, the Ira­nian del­e­gates at­tended a meet­ing with Saquib Fayyaz Ma­goon, the vice pres­i­dent of Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan Cham­bers of Com­merce & In­dus­try.

Ira­nian Com­mer­cial At­taché in Pak­istan Mo­rad Ne’mati was also present in the meet­ing which was held in a hall in the ex­hibit.

In the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing, Fayyaz Ma­goon briefed the at­ten­dees on the ac­tiv­i­ties of FPCCI.

He said: “We have 65 cham­bers of com­merce from all over Pak­istan as our mem­bers and 130 trade as­so­ci­a­tions of dif­fer­ent sec­tors are also our mem­bers.”

“We make a bridge be­tween the busi­ness com­mu­nity and our govern­ment and we also make a bridge be­tween our busi­ness­men and the busi­ness­men from out­side to con­tact with each other”, he added.

“I am very happy ac­tu­ally to in­crease the busi­ness in the best way to meet with each other. With­out meet­ing we can­not in­crease the bi­lat­eral trade”, he noted.

“We have a very good re­la­tion­ship and we have very good busi­ness re­la­tion­ship also. So many prod­ucts we are ex­port­ing to Iran and so many prod­ucts we are im­port­ing from Iran”, the FPCCI vice chair­man stated, adding, “We are neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. We en­joy very good re­la­tions. You are here and if you need any help from us we can help you. Be­cause all the cham­bers and as­so­ci­a­tions all over Pak­istan are our mem­bers so if you face any prob­lem the FPCCI would like to solve it.”

“In my idea the best way to in­crease the bi­lat­eral trade is to meet each other. So we are here plan­ning to ex­change del­e­ga­tions”, Fayyaz Ma­goon told the Tehran Times in an in­ter­view af­ter the meet­ing and added that by this way when there will be the ex­change of busi­ness­men from each coun­try then bi­lat­eral trade will in­crease.

Ex­plain­ing about Expo Pak­istan, he said 85 del­e­gates from dif­fer­ent coun­tries are here. From UK, U.S., Italy, Brazil and any coun­try you can name are al­ready here be­cause you know Pak­istan is com­pletely chang­ing and peo­ple know that it was only in the past in wrong me­dia that make a wrong con­cept about Pak­istan. You [Iran] are also one of the vic­tims of me­dia. So when­ever you are here you feel you can go ev­ery­where es­pe­cially for Iran there are very big sen­ti­ments about Ira­nian peo­ple and you will go to the mar­ket in Pak­istan ev­ery­body will wel­come you.

Di­rect busi­ness miss­ing with Iran

The same day, Ira­nian del­e­gates met Muf­fasar Atta Ma­lik, the pres­i­dent of Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try (KCCI), and some mem­bers of the cham­ber in the same hall of the ex­hibit.

The pres­i­dent briefed them about the cham­ber say­ing: “Karachi cham­ber is the big­gest cham­ber of Pak­istan. The largest by size with 22,000 di­rect mem­bers and seven cities’ as­so­ci­a­tions as­so­ci­ated to us and if we in­clude their com­pa­nies into our mem­ber­ship the num­ber will be 55,000. We are the big­gest cham­ber in the sub­con­ti­nent.”

“Our mem­ber­ship in­cludes di­ver­si­fied mem­bers from small and medium en­ter­prises to large in­dus­tries of Pak­istan op­er­at­ing in Karachi are our mem­bers”, he added.

“Our man­age­ment com­mit­tee con­sists of 32 mem­bers, of which two mem­bers are manda­tory ladies seats. The ladies can also con­test on the re­main­ing 30 seats”, he un­der­lined.

“This is a very large cham­ber. We have di­vided our op­er­a­tion into 16 dif­fer­ent seg­ments. So each seg­ment we call the sub­com­mit­tee and these sub­com­mit­tees range from ex­port, im­port, in­dus­try, etc”, Ma­lik fur­ther said.

“Iran is a broth­erly state and we miss hav­ing di­rect busi­ness with Iran. We, Karachi mem­bers, hope your govern­ment and our govern­ment quickly re­solve all the is­sues that we can have di­rect busi­ness with Iran and stop from Iran to Dubai, be­cause like us you also have this kind of bar­rier”, the pres­i­dent of cham­ber noted.

In the end, he said: “I would like to hear some of your views how we as Karachi cham­ber of com­merce can as­sist your busi­ness.”

The vice chair­man of Iran’s Sis­tan-Baluches­tan Prov­ince’s Cham­ber of Com­merce Amanol­lah Shah­navazi (R) giv­ing a gift to Saquib Fayyaz Ma­goon, the vice pres­i­dent of Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan Cham­bers of Com­merce & In­dus­try

Muf­fasar Atta Ma­lik, the pres­i­dent of Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try (KCCI), speak­ing in a meet­ing be­tween KCCI mem­bers and Ira­nian busi­ness­men

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