Karachi, January 10, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has invited world-fame Pilipino boxer Manny Pacquiao to visit Karachi to guide and encourage the amateur boxers of Lyari. He extended this invitation to the boxer through Philippines Ambassador to Pakistan Mr Daniel Ramos Espiritu who met him here at the CM House today.
The ambassador was accompanied by Honorary Consul General in Karachi Dr Imran Y. Mohammad and Chairman Pakistan-Philippines Business Council Mohammad Aslam while the chief minister was assisted by his Principal secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) M. Waseem, Special Secretary to CM Rahim Shaikh and DG protocol.
The chief minister said that Lyari was an old area of Karachi and its youth have vast potential in sports, particularly football and boxing. The Philippines has the honour to have produced world fame boxer like Mr Pacquiao. “His Excellency (Ambassador) through your good offices I am inviting Mr Pacquiao to pay official visit to Karachi and meet our amateur boxers at Lyari,” he said and added that his visit would deficiently encourage our young boxers.
The ambassador said that within next three months Mr Pacquiao would be the state guest of Sindh government and would visit Lyari. On this the chief minister said that he would organize a mega boxing event for him.
The Sindh chief minister discussed trade, commerce and business matters with the visiting ambassador and said that the fruits of Sindh would find a very good market in Philippines. “Our mango, guava and rice are popular all over the world,” he said and added that recently the exporters have started exporting mango to Europe and America.
The Ambassador said that the Philippines growers have switched over from rice to other crops, therefore there was a huge market of irri-6 in Philippines. The chief minister directed his principal secretary to have a meeting of the Philippines team with Agriculture department to avail the opportunity.
It may be noted that originally Irri-6 seed was provided to Sindh by Philippines government during the tenure of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto government. The ambassador who was also accompanied by his business council and trade officer said that he would send a team of Pilipino business men to discuss and grab the business opportunities in Sindh.
The chief minister told him that Sindh has bumper wheat crop which can also be exported to Philippines or other countries through joint business ventures. It was also agreed that a delegation of businessmen would also visit the pharmaceutical industry in Sindh to import medicines being manufactured here, Pakistan.
The ambassador said that presently the Philippines export medicines from India. “Pakistan is also a great market for the purpose. Our delegation had recently visited 11 pharmaceutical companies in Sindh and selected nine of them for importing their medicines,” he said.
The chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Ambassador of Philippines also discussed students exchange programme and agreed to hold a formal meeting of Philippines educationists and Secretary University and Boards to explore the opportunities. They also agreed to establish university affiliation programmes so that students of both the countries could take benefit at their ends. The chief minister presented Sindhi caps, ajraks and CDs of Sindhi music to the visiting diplomat.
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