Com­mer­cial Coun­selors to play vi­tal role in pro­mot­ing trade

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

A Del­e­ga­tion of 40 newly des­ig­nated Com­mer­cial Coun­selors and 4 Consul Gen­er­als de­puted abroad vis­ited FPCCI Karachi and held a de­tailed meet­ing with Khalid Tawab, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, FPCCI and the of­fice bear­ers of FPCCI. Khalid Tawab while chair­ing in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion said that there is a need of close li­ai­son be­tween FPCCI and Com­mer­cial Sec­tion of Pak­istan Em­bassies abroad.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by the Vice Pres­i­dent of FPCCI Zul­fiqar Ali Shiekh along with For­mer SVP FPCCI and Chair­man Fiar and Ex­hi­bi­tion and In­ter­na­tional Del­e­ga­tion, Ab­dul Rahim Janoo and Dr. Ikhtiar Baig, Wa­heed Shah, Capt. Ka­mal A. Mehmoodi, Sami Khan among oth­ers.

Khalid Tawab said that the newly des­ig­nated Com­mer­cial Coun­cel­lors have prime op­por­tu­nity to en­hance the coun­try's ex­port be­cause the five ma­jor ex­port sec­tors will be zero rated from 1st July, 2016 as per the an­nounce­ment of the Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan Mian Nawaz Sharif.

He stressed on the en­hance­ment of coun­try's ex­ports which is cur­rently de­clin­ing for var­i­ous rea­sons. He also in­vited the at­ten­tion of the Com­mer­cial Coun­sel­lors for invit­ing rich par­tic­i­pa­tion from their re­spec­tive coun- tries in forth­com­ing Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (PITF) to be or­ga­nized by FPCCI at Expo Cen­tre, Karachi. He also ad­vised to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for Pak­istani labours in their re­spec­tive coun­tries so that home re­mit­tances can also be in­creased.

Khalid Tawab fur­ther said that FPCCI is af­fil­i­ated with in­ter­na­tional and re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing CACCI, ECO-CCI, D-8 CCI, Is­lamic Cham­ber and SAARC Cham­ber of Com­merce and presently, the pres­i­dency of D-8 CCI and ECO-CCI is ly­ing with FPCCI.

The FPCCI work closely for im­prov­ing the trade and in­vest­ment within the re­gions and iden­ti­fy­ing the non- tar­iff bar­ri­ers which cur­rently af­fects our trade with other re­gions in gen­eral and coun­tries in par­tic­u­lar, he added. He fur­ther stated that FPCCI also keeps li­ai­son with its coun­ter­parts in other coun­tries for bet­ter eco­nomic and trade re­la­tion­ship and in­formed that there are var­i­ous Joint Busi­ness Coun­cils of FPCCI with many coun­tries and sug­gested that the new Com­mer­cial Coun­sel­lors should re­vive and ac­ti­vate the JBC and ar­range reg­u­lar meet­ings.

Khalid Tawab ex­pressed his hope that the com­mer­cial coun­selor will play their im­por­tant due role in pro­mo­tion and en­hance­ment of Pak­istan's trade in their re­spec­tive coun­tries and also en­hance the soft pos­i­tive im­age of Pak­istan. The newly des­ig­nated com­mer­cial coun­selors as­sured their full as­sis­tance and co­op­er­a­tion to FPCCI in iden­ti­fy­ing new po­ten­tial ar­eas for eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and joint ven­tures op­por­tu­ni­ties in their des­ig­nated coun­tries.

While dis­cussing the trade prospects with EU coun­tries, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig ad­vised the newly des­ig­nated Com­mer­cial Coun­sel­lors to cre­ate aware­ness about GSP Plus sta­tus of Pak­istan amongst the ex­porters of the EU coun­tries in ex­port­ing their ma­te­rial to Pak­istan and also geared up to meet the chal­lenges in terms of de­vel­op­ment of CPEC. He also sug­gested to or­ga­nize meet­ings of Joint Busi­ness Coun­cils.

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