Tur­key keen to ex­pand busi­ness ties with Pak­istan

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IS­LAM­ABAD

A Turk­ish del­e­ga­tion led by its Mem­ber Na­tional Assem­bly and Vice Pres­i­dent of the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, Prof Dr Muham­mad Cetin vis­ited Is­lam­abad Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try (ICCI) to dis­cuss ways and means to ex­plore and cre­ate joint ven­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

Prof Dr Muham­mad Cetin vowed to help Pak­istan in its hard times, adding that there is no ex­am­ple of the deep love held be­tween Pak­istani peo­ple and the Turk­ish peo­ple. He also em­pha­sised to in­crease bi­lat­eral trade up to $2 bil­lion for eco­nomic pros­per­ity of the two coun­tries.

He urged upon the Mus­lim nations to fur­ther pro­mote and strengthen eco­nomic ties and co­op­er­a­tion for ex­ploit­ing the ex­ist­ing po­ten­tial and en­sur­ing max­i­mum pos­si­ble trade ex­change. He said that Pak­istan and Tur­key are very im­por­tant coun­tries for the en­tire Mus­lim Ummah, hav­ing very strong po­ten­tial to lead their re­spec­tive re­gions.

Dr.Cetin said that ed­u­ca­tion is the best in­vest­ment, there­fore Pak­istan should in­vest more in ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to build hu­man cap­i­tal for sur­viv­ing in the knowl­edge econ­omy. To achieve growth through a well ed­u­cated and skil­ful work­force, Gov­ern­ment should come up with pol­icy re­forms in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, he main­tained.

In his wel­come ad­dress, Za­far Bakhtawari, Pres­i­dent ICCI said that Pak­istan and Tur­key have his­toric brotherly re­la­tions, thus both the coun­tries should fur­ther strengthen the mu­tual trade re­la­tions by pro­mot­ing busi­ness re­la­tions. ICCI Pres­i­dent ex­pressed that it is the need of the hour to ex­plore pos­si­bil­ity of joint ven­tures be­tween Tur­key and Pak­istan. He said that we can strengthen our econ­omy by adopt­ing de­vel­op­ment and progress of Tur­key as a model in nu­mer­ous sec­tors es­pe­cially en­ergy as en­ergy is an im­por­tant is­sue for Pak­istan's eco­nomic growth.

Mr Bakhtawari said that many Turk­ish com­pa­nies made in­vest­ment in Pak­istan in var­i­ous sec­tors like en­ergy and chem­i­cal and we are look­ing for oth­ers Turk­ish com­pa­nies to in­vest in oth­ers fields as score of in­cen­tives are be­ing pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment to the in­vestors.

ICCI Pres­i­dent also stressed the need for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion by Turk­ish Air Line to make pos­si­ble for Pak­istan to have di­rect air link with var­i­ous coun­tries like Azer­bai­jan, thus, by mak­ing a flight to Is­lam­abad from Is­tan­bul via Baku (Azer­bai­jan) would cre­ate a di­rect link be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Pak­istan as well.

Chair­man Pak-Turk ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, Mr.Unal To­sur said that peo­ple of Tur­key con­sider Pak­istan as their sec­ond home, adding that pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan is our mis­sion and the foun­da­tion is ac­tively work­ing for this pur­pose.

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