In the said meeting Ata Munim Shahid, Deputy Head of Pakistan mission in Russia, Waheed Ahmed, Chairman Fruits and Vegetables Association and Farooq Afzal Chairman FPCCI Committee on Russia and Muhammad Irfan, Director Europe, TDAP were also present. Waheed informed that Pakistan has exported 3500 containers of Mandarins and oranges. Pakistan is one of the leading exporters of potatoes to Russia as well. I. Mikhametdonov, Vice Prime Minister of Republic of Bashkortostan assured all kind of assistance to Pakistani businessmen. Earlier this day the delegation visited Zatonsky market which is a big wholesale warehouse and fruit market in village Mokeosov. The delegation found huge potential for dry dates and fresh fruits and vegetables and expecting a good breakthrough in this sector.
However the Governments of both countries need to work out on duty structures and other non tariff barriers to enhance trade relations. CE, TDAP asked the Vice Prime Minister to request his government to provide assistance in the trade related issues and highlight problems being faced by our business community. Possibilities of joint venture were also discussed which can be explored and materialized. TDAP can play a role of bridge between Russian and Pakistani businessmen.