Islamabad, February 11, 2014 (PPI-OT): Mr. Marcel De Vink, Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan called on the Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar in his office at the Finance Ministry this evening.
The two discussed the friendly bilateral relations between Pakistan and Netherlands. Mr. De Vink congratulated the Finance Minister on his recently concluded visit to Dubai for review meetings with the IMF and praised him for adopting policies that are steering economy to the path of recovery.
Mr. De Vink informed the Finance Minister that the Netherlands has been a supporter of Pakistan in grant of GSP Plus status to Pakistan He said that the Dutch Vice Minister of Trade and Commerce plans to visit Pakistan in the middle of March. Netherlands is interested in improving trade relations with Pakistan and increasing bilateral trade volume from the present $800 million to $ 1 billion in the near future. With Pakistan supporting export-led growth, Netherlands wants to be its partner in the development process.
He stated that Netherlands was arranging round table conferences to discuss the areas of trade co-operation with Pakistan and further intended to arrange workshops to guide Pakistani exporters. Pakistan was emerging as a favourite destination of the foreign investors and had the potential to double its growth rate in the coming years.
The Finance Minister welcomed the planned visit of Dutch Vice Minister for Trade and Commerce and assured Mr. De Vink that he is looking forward to build trust worthy and long standing trade relations with Netherlands. He also thanked the Dutch Ambassador for supporting Pakistan in attaining the GSP Plus status.
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