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TDAP to in­crease trade ac­tiv­i­ties in Czech Repub­lic

Tariq Puri, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Trade De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Pak­istan ( TDAP) has as­sured full sup­port for en­hanc­ing trade pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the Czech Repub­lic, while dis­cussing ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jiří Nestá­val, Pres­i­dent of the Czech Mid­dle- Asian Cham­ber of Com­merce (CSOK) and other mem­bers of a Czech del­e­ga­tion

Puri em­pha­sized that as a mem­ber of Euro­pean Union, the sup­port of Czech Repub­lic is im­por­tant for im­ple­ment­ing the con­ces­sion pack­age for Pak­istani prod­ucts in the Euro­pean mar­ket to in­crease the quan­tum of bi­lat­eral trade be­tween the two coun­tries which cur­rently hov­ers round US $ 36 mil­lion.

He stated that projects be­ing of­fered by Pak­istan are highly at­trac­tive in terms of prof­itabil­ity, es­pe­cially in the en­ergy sec­tor. Fur­ther­more, Pak­istani agri­cul­ture is ro­bust and na­ture has en­dowed Pak­istan, which is the world’s sec­ond largest buf­falo meat pro­ducer, sec­ond largest buf­falo milk pro­ducer, third largest cot­ton­seed pro­ducer, third largest chilli pro­ducer, fourth largest goat meat pro­ducer, fifth largest mango pro­ducer and sev­enth largest wheat pro­ducer. He stressed on the Czech del­e­ga­tion to look into projects for value ad­di­tion in the agri­cul­ture sup­ply chain, es­pe­cially in rice.

TDAP is fully sup­port­ive of the Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce for strength­en­ing trade re­la­tions. TDAP in­tends to sup­port a pro­posal for a “Dis­play and Re­tail Out­let” where it could as­sist in iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and sup­ply of prod­ucts meet­ing the de­mand and qual­ity stan­dards of the Czech Repub­lic.

Tariq Puri said that TDAP is cur­rently in the process of es­tab­lish­ing Skill De­vel­op­ment Cen­tres where en­trepreneur­ship of Pak­istani women, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas, could be uti­lized for de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts and these would be mar­keted in the Czech Repub­lic to cre­ate a bond and a long- term re­la­tion­ship be­tween the peo­ple of both the na­tions, es­pe­cially the younger gen­er­a­tions.

He fur­ther as­sured TDAP’s full sup­port for hold­ing of a mango ex­trav­a­ganza in Prague in the com­ing mango sea­son. Puri sup­ported the pro­posal of hold­ing an Agri­cul­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion in Septem­ber 2012 in Prague where TDAP, KCCI and CSOK could col­lab­o­rate. A Fash­ion Show is also be­ing planned. Ac­cord­ing to Puri, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy is an­other area where Czech del­e­ga­tion could ex­plore joint ven­tures in Pak­istan.

Mian Abrar, Pres­i­dent KCCI and other of­fi­cials of KCCI and TDAP were present in the meet­ing.

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