Pak-belgium trade promoted
Mr Michel Kempeneers, Director, Asia-Pacific Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX), Belgium and Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive, TDAP exchanged views in a meeting called by Director, AWEX. AWEX is the counterpart organization of TDAP, representing the Wallon Region (French-speaking) of Belgium and is an autonomous agency competent in foreign trade and investment.
CE TDAP informed that Belgium is Pakistan’s 4th largest trading partner in Europe. Despite the fact that there exists tremendous trade potential but the same has not been expedited to its fullest extent. He requested Director, AWEX for Belgium’s technical and financial support in the areas of meat, pharmaceuticals, corporate agriculture and halal food meat certification and logistics etc. He also requested for Belgium’s support in enhancing meat production capacity as per international standards. He also sought the help of Belgium in lifting ban on Pakistani seafood exports to the EU. Director AWEX conveyed that several Belgium companies specifically from Wallon Region are interested in establishing partnership with leading Pakistani companies in the field of baby cereals, spreadable butter, live stock, waste management, hatcheries and medical sector, ports and shipping and aeronautical sector. Puri extended assurance of TDAP’s full support in this regard.
Puri also identified the important international events for Pharmaceutical products, for participation by Pakistani companies, and exploring joint venture possibilities. He invited a delegation from Belgium to attend Expo Pakistan October 2011. He emphasized that both TPO may consider entering into an MOU for enhancing bilateral trade.
Other TDAP representatives present at the meeting were Javed Anwar Khan, Secretary TDAP, Shahid Latif Khan, DG (Asia and Europe), Qazi Shahid, DG (Textiles and Clothing), Nighat Ali, Consultant (Pharmaceutical) and Abid Husain, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Belgium