Islamabad, May 08, 2014 (PPI-OT): Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan attended the Pakistan-Central Europe Economic Cooperation Forum during the European Economic Congress in Katowice. He met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy of Poland, Mr. Janusz Piechocinski and explained that Pakistan is very keen on developing strong trade relations with Poland.
He further explained that Pakistan considers Poland as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. Dastgir invited Polish companies to invest in coal fired power generation in Pakistan. He informed that the present govt has embarked upon a comprehensive plan to generate energy through coal and Polish expertise in this regard could be of great support to Pakistan.
He also invited Polish Deputy Prime Minister to visit Pakistan to hold Join Ministerial Meeting to further enhance the trade ties. The Polish Deputy Prime Minister explained that European Economic Congress is one of the biggest business events in Central and East Europe and it could provide a useful platform for Pakistan to enhance trade ties with Central and Eastern European countries.
He accepted the invitation of Minister for Commerce to visit Pakistan. He showed resolve of Polish Government to work in coal based power generation in Pakistan. Dastgir also met Mr. Jerzy Buzek, ex-President of European Parliament (2009-2012) and Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001) and thanked him for his support for Pakistan’s GSP Plus status in European Parliament and requested for continued support.
Mr. Buzek appreciated Pakistan’s participation in the European Economic Congress and assured full support for Pakistan in European Parliament. While addressing the plenary Session of the Congress, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, informed the audience that Pakistan is very keen to enhance its relations with the European countries as Pakistan views Europe as potential market for its products and also an important source of investment.
He also urged European Companies to establish projects in Pakistan in energy, heavy steel industry, food and other important sectors of the economy. The Minister invited the Polish and Central European businessmen to take part in the 9th Expo Pakistan 2014 which will be held from 23rd to 26th October 2014 in Karachi.
The Minister said that Pakistan is the gateway to Central Asia and South Asia and the Government of Pakistan would facilitate companies from Poland and Central European region to invest and trade with Pakistan. The Minister informed the audience that the Privatization Commission of Pakistan is in the process of privatizing public sector entities with good business prospects and it will be a good chance for the businessmen from Poland and Central Europe to take benefit of it.
During the meeting with the President Polish Enterprise Development Agency (PAED), Ms. Bozena Lublinska-Kasprzak, President of Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Dastgir emphasized need to develop deeper cooperation between enterprises of the two countries. He also stressed the need to develop joint projects with Small and Medium Development Authority of Pakistan and PARP to strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.
PAED has more than 1.7 million enterprises as its customers and the President PAED offered full support to help Pakistani SMEs to find buyers from Poland. She also offered to work on joint training and capacity building program with SMEDA. It was also agreed that Pakistan Trade Development Authority will develop an annual program for trade delegations to Poland and prior information will be shared with PARP to organize effective back to back meetings of the Pakistani delegations.
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