Ja­pan seeks trade and in­vest­ment in Pak­istan

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Daisuke Tsukao, Sec­tion Head (Asia & Pa­cific Divi­sion), Ja­panese Min­istry of Eco­nomic, Trade and In­dus­try (METI), on his visit to Karachi ex­plored trade and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Javed An­war Khan, Sec­re­tary Trade De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Pak­istan (TDAP) briefed him about the govern­ment poli­cies for cre­ation of an en­abling environment for for­eign trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Ja­pan and Pak­istan. Sec­re­tary TDAP in­formed that the year 2012 would be 60th an­niver­sary for es­tab­lish­ing of Pak­istan-Ja­pan diplo­matic re­la­tions and TDAP will cel­e­brate this in a be­fit­ting man­ner while declar­ing Ja­pan as a fo­cus coun­try with en­hanced mar­ket­ing and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for its trade pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Wakana Kanikawa, Ja­panese For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cial, ex­plained the visit as a pre­lude to Pak-Ja­pan high level joint Eco­nomic di­a­logue to be held in Tokyo in March 2012. There­fore, Ja­pan is seek­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ja­panese in­vestors in Pak­istan. The Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion also ap­pre­ci­ated the pos­i­tive out­come of Chief Ex­ec­u­tive TDAP, Tariq Puri’s to Ja­pan in July this year for po­si­tion­ing of Pak­istani prod­ucts in Ja­pan. The del­e­ga­tion was briefed about in­vest­ment po­ten­tial in agri­cul­ture sec­tor es­pe­cially in rice, dates, fruit juices, seafood along with min­er­als and me­tals. Pak­istan also sought Ja­panese as­sis­tance in es­tab­lish­ing ef­fec­tive sup­ply chain to over­come har­vest losses. Ja­panese in­vestors were also in­vited in set­ting up of VHT pro­cess­ing plant un­der pub­licpri­vate part­ner­ship for ex­port of Man­goes to Ja­pan.

Ja­pan will hold a sem­i­nar in Au­gust 2012, to bring the Ja­panese in­vestors closer to in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Pak­istan, in ad­di­tion to send­ing in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion mis­sions. Sec­re­tary TDAP ap­prised that 20-25 Ja­panese busi­ness­men would at­tend Expo Pak­istan 2011 for ce­ment­ing the ef­forts of both the gov­ern­ments in pro­mo­tion of trade

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