Islamabad, April 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): A delegation of Pakistani fruit exporters led by Mr. Abdul Kabir Kazi called on Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan today. The delegation is currently visiting the UK as a part of their efforts to explore international fruit markets for Pakistan. The delegates apprised the High Commissioner of their activities during the visit and termed their visit quite productive from business perspective, says a press release received from London here today.
During the meeting various trade opportunities were discussed including the possibility of organizing a Mango Festival in London. The High Commissioner also informed the delegates that UK was one of the largest fruit and vegetable importers in the world with £2.6 billion import figure in 2012.
The High Commissioner stated that UK was huge market for Pakistani fruit which needed to be explored. He further added that such business visits could help the two countries achieve the target of increasing bilateral trade to the mutually intended target of £2.5 billion by 2015.
Deputy High Commissioner, Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi briefed the delegation on the initiatives undertaken by the High Commission to increase Pakistani exports to the UK. The Commercial Counselor was also present during the meeting.
The delegation comprised eight Pakistani fruit and vegetable producers/exporters and two officials from UNIDO including Mr. Badar ul Islam, Programme Officer, SME and Export Development and Mr. Kit Chan, International Expert on Good Agriculture Practices (GAPS). Syed Kausar Ali Zaidi, Director Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development and Razzaq A Malkana, Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company were also part of the delegation. The visit was organized by UNIDO.
Names of the representatives and their companies are as under:
• Mr Azhar Khan, M/s K. Mango Farm
• Mr Ghulam Khakwani, M/s Zarpak Processing
• Muhammad Tariq Khan, M/S Multan Mango Growers Association
• Ghulam Qadir, Orchad Owner
• Muhammad Riaz, M/s Al-Rafique Enterprises
• Quasim Aijaz, M/s Roshan Enterprises
• Safdar Hussain, M/s Safdar and Co
• Muhammad Ansar Iqbal, M/S Mateela Kinnow Factory
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