Pak-bel­gium trade pro­moted

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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

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