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Indonesian Parliamentary Delegation for more trade with Pakistan

Lahore: A five-Member high powered Indonesian Parliamentary Delegation, led by the Chairman Bilateral Cooperation Group Mohammad Hatta, Saturday visited Lahore Chamber of Commerce and discussed bilateral trade and investment.

The LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh gave a detailed briefing to the Indonesian Parliamentarians on available trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan. Vice President Saeeda Nazar, Executive Committee Members Husnain Reza Mirza and Sheikh Mohammad Ayub also spoke on the occasion.

Both the sides also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in different sectors of economy.

The Leader of the Indonesian delegation Mohammad Hatta said that Indonesia also values high its relations with Pakistan and desires to further strengthen the existing relations.

While underlining the need for frequent exchanges of business delegations between the two brotherly countries, he said that it will ensure opportunities of better understanding and to learn from the experiences of each other.

He said that the Chambers of Commerce in the two countries should play a proactive role to jack up the volume of two-way trade to $ 5 billion in coming years.

He said that a number of parliamentary Committees had already been constituted in Indonesia to finalise a strategy to give boost to trade and economic relations with brotherly countries.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President invited Indonesian businessmen to visit Pakistan to have firsthand knowledge about the available business opportunities as the LCCI wants to further strengthen the existing relations through enhanced interactions and economic cooperation.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that despite being the members of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and having old historical links and cordial relations these distinctive attributes hardly get reflected in our trade and investment relations.

The LCCI President said that two way trade figures show that in 2008, we were trading with each other to the tune of US$ 1.26 billion which had dropped to US$ 750 million in 2010. That drastic drop in two way volume was due to substantial decrease in imports from Indonesia which stood at US$ 1.19 billion in 2008 but fell to the level of US$ 750 million in 2010. We will certainly like to increase the volume of our exports to Indonesia which are far too low in proportion to the size of our economies. In last four years, our exports have averaged around US$ 67.5 million.

Although Indonesia has offered market access to 220 Pakistani items and in response to that Pakistan has agreed to reduce duty on 288 Indonesian products but this list needs to be expanded in coming future for greater trade opportunities for the businessmen of both the countries. “Certainly, we together can expedite these things in the best interest of both the economies.”

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854

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