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Business delegation from Czech Republic to visit Pakistan

Karachi: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s President Mian Abrar Ahmad has stated that a High-level business delegation from Czech Republic headed by Czech Parliamentarian H.E. Miroslav Vana accompanied by President of Czech-Middle Asian Chamber of Commerce (CSOK) Jiri Nestaval and 20 businessmen is visiting KCCI on 7th May, 2012 to deliberate on the formation of Karachi-Prague Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry and for B2B meetings.

The Czech delegation will also meet the Speaker Provincial Assembly of Sindh and the Chairmen of Board of Investment Pakistan and Sindh Board of Investment. President KCCI informed that during his recent visit to Czech Republic he met Czech Parliamentarians and leading businessmen and successfully lobbied and drew their attention to invest in Pakistan.

He stated that as key speaker of Czech Pakistan Commerce Bridge Conference held in Prague, he successfully advocated to enhance Pak-Czech bilateral trade and highlighted opportunities for joint ventures. The Conference was jointly organized by the Embassy of Pakistan in Prague and Czech-Middle Asian Chamber of Commerce (CSOK).

Mian Abrar Ahmad during his meeting in Prague with Czech Parliamentarians Miroslav Vana, Milan Urban and Jiri Skalicky accompanied by Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan voiced that KCCI never believed on aid and lobbied to enhance trade for economic independence and stability of Pakistan.

He conversed that the aid given by USA and other countries were never utilized on constructive projects like building dams, motorways, health and educational institutions and the trickledown effect of aid was never passed on to masses.

He criticized the discriminated policies of West. He underscored that Pakistan must be sovereign to decide and opt for peaceful nuclear civil energy plan, energy generation through coal and to import gas from Iran to produce energy in order to overcome the energy crisis. He asserted that Pakistan need trading/market access and technology transfer.

The Non-Tariff Barriers must be removed by the USA and EU allowing Pakistan to export its diversified products. He impressed upon the Parliamentarians that since its inception, Pakistan is a safe haven/ destination for foreign investors and requested to motivate the Czech Investors to invest or enter into joint ventures in Pakistan in the sectors of Energy/ Power Generation, Alternate Energy solutions, Construction Locomotives for Railways, Agricultural Value-added, Machinery and Equipment.

The Czech Parliamentarians appreciated initiative of Mian Abrar Ahmad for composing a delegation to Czech Republic to meet their counterparts and have an audience with the parliamentarians. They also appreciated the friendly political and commercial relations between Pakistan and Czech Republic and hoped to further increase the mutual cooperation.

They also commended the efforts of KCCI and Czech Middle Asian Chamber of Commerce to increase the existing commercial opportunities and further explore the new commerce prospects. They were of the view that Czech Republic can offer Locomotives for the revival of Pakistan Railways and provide technical assistance and funds. They also stated that Czech Republic can also help to develop the infrastructure in Pakistan.

While exchange views at Czech-Pakistan Commerce Bridge Conference at Prague, Mian Abrar Ahmad stressed upon that we believe “Perception of Pakistan” in the eyes of world need to be depicted with reality and in a positive sense.

He apprised that Karachi Chamber had suggested the Government of Pakistan to explore and exploit the untapped market of South America, Africa, Europe, particularly central Europe. Pakistan is an attractive destination for foreign investors enjoying very important geopolitical location having boundaries with China, India, Afghanistan, Iran having vibrant access to Middle East, Central Asian Republics and SAARC Countries.

He stated that Pakistan has pretty good chances to have joint ventures in Auto Industry, textiles, energy sector, engineering, machinery and equipment, dairy farming, tourism etc. Pakistan has huge potential to export textiles, sports and surgical goods, fruits, rice, readymade garments.

He was of the view that due to geographical locations of both countries, Pakistan can act as base-camp for export to regional countries like India, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Middle East etc. whereas, Czech Republic due to its positioning in the Centre of Europe can act as the base-camp for export to regional countries and European countries. MoU between KCCI and Czech Middle Asian Chamber was will be signed. H.E. Aitzaz Ahmed, Ambassador of Pakistan in Czech Republic fully endorsed the views of President KCCI.

For more information, contact:
M. Shafiq Baig
Public Relations Officer
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road,
Shahrah-e-Liaquat, Karachi-74000
Tel: +9221 9921 8001 -09
Fax: +9221 9921 8010
Email: pro@kcci.com.pk, pro2@kcci.com.pk
Website: http://www.kcci.com.pk/

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