Trade vol­ume need to rise: Ar­gen­tinia En­voy

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Am­bas­sador of Ar­gentina, Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin Sar­avia has said that al­though the trade vol­ume was not that big be­tween Ar­gentina and Pak­istan but lots of po­ten­tial for en­hanc­ing trade ex­ists which can be raised through col­lec­tive ef­forts from both sides.

Ex­chang­ing views dur­ing his visit to Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try (KCCI), the Am­bas­sador added that the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties of both coun­tries must join hands and work to­gether for im­prov­ing trade ties by reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pat­ing in ex­hi­bi­tions, or­ga­niz­ing trade del­e­ga­tions' vis­its and other such trade pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties in both coun­tries.

Hon­orary Consul Gen­eral of Paraguay Kam­ran Tariq, Pres­i­dent KCCI Younus Muham­mad Bashir, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan, Vice Pres­i­dent Muham­mad Naeem Sharif, Chair­man of KCCI's Spe­cial Com­mit­tee for My Karachi Muham­mad Idrees, For­mer Pres­i­dents KCCI AQ Khalil, Majyd Aziz and Khalid Firoz along with KCCI Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

Rodolfo Martin in­formed that it was his farewell visit to KCCI as af­ter serv­ing for a pe­riod of 12 years in Pak­istan as the Am­bas­sador of Ar­gentina, he will be leav­ing this coun­try where he had some of the most mem­o­rable time of his life. "I find my­self more a Pak­istani than an Ar­gen­tinean af­ter spend­ing such an ex­ten­sive pe­riod in Pak­istan", he added while as­sur­ing to con­tinue his ef­forts to­wards bring­ing the two coun­tries closer even af­ter step­ping down as the Ar­gen­tinean Am­bas­sador in Pak­istan.

He said that a great change has been wit­nessed as the new Ar­gen­tinean govern­ment has taken charge in De­cem­ber 2015 and Ar­gentina has opened its doors to the world in­clud­ing Pak­istan. Thus, the Pak­istani busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties must now ex­plore trade op­por­tu­ni­ties in nu­mer­ous sec­tors while the Ar­gen­tinean busi­ness­men must also look for pos­si­bil­i­ties of sell­ing their prod­ucts to Pak­istan, he added.

Iden­ti­fy­ing some of the po­ten­tial sec­tors, the Ar­gen­tinian Am­bas­sador par­tic­u­larly men­tioned agri­cul­ture and live­stock sec­tors which can be ex­plored and Pak­istan will be able to ben­e­fit from the Ar­gen­tinian know-how and ex­per­tise in th­ese sec­tors. He said that the tech­nol­ogy be­ing used in the Ar­gen­tinian agri­cul­ture and live­stock sec­tors can also be trans­ferred to Pak­istan. He in­formed that Ar­gentina has been pro­duc­ing cheaper silo bags for many years and has been pro­vid­ing th­ese silo bags to coun­tries around the world which can safely pre­serve many dry com­modi­ties in­clud­ing sugar, corns, grains, wheat and rice etc. for a pe­riod of two years. The con­cerned Pak­istani busi­ness­men and traders can also use th­ese silo bags for preserving dry com­modi­ties and can also ben­e­fit from Ar­gen­tinean ex­per­tise in man­u­fac­tur­ing of silo bags.

Re­fer­ring to a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing signed be­tween KCCI and its coun­ter­part Cham­ber in Ar­gentina dur­ing the ten­ure of Khalid Firoz as Pres­i­dent KCCI few years ago, Rodolfo Martin un­der­scored the need to re­ac­ti­vate this MoU which would strengthen ties and bring busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties of the two coun­tries closer. Pres­i­dent KCCI Younus Muham­mad Bashir, in his wel­come re­marks, stated Pak­istan and Ar­gentina have been en­joy­ing friendly and cor­dial re­la­tion­ship and un­der­stand­ing on all the ma­jor global and re­gional is­sues. The two coun­tries have well es­tab­lished trade links, main­tain a "Joint Eco­nomic Com­mit­tee" and the PakAr­gentina Busi­ness Coun­cil in or­der to ex­pe­dite fur­ther growth in their re­la­tion­ship.

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