Nepalese envoy seeks to boost economic ties with Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Nepal greatly values its relations with Pakistan that are based on mutual respect, trust and shared perceptions on regional and international issues.
These remarks were made by Nepalese Ambassador Bharat Raj Paudyal while talking to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Zafar Bakhtawari during his visit to ICCI office for congratulating Bakhtawari on his appointment as ICCI president.
The ambassador said that exchange of business delegations, single country exhibitions and a proactive involvement of business community of both the countries could enhance bilateral trade relations between Nepal and Pakistan.
Paudyal was of the view that the exhibition would not only provide an opportunity to the exporters of Pakistan to showcase their products but it would also provide an opportunity to people of Nepal to strengthen their economic ties with Pakistan. He hoped that arranging exhibition could be the most feasible option for strengthening mutual economic, cultural and trade ties between Nepal and Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Bakhtawari said that he considers Nepal one of the best friends of Pakistan as people of Nepal have great love and affection for Pakistanis. He said that technology transfer, investment and economic cooperation were the areas in which both countries could collaborate for mutual benefits.
The ICCI president said that the business communities of Pakistan and Nepal have to play a vital role for the promotion of bilateral trade and their greater mutual interaction is needed to achieve the ultimate objectives. He suggested that the two countries should focus on enhancing cultural exchange programmes and people-to-people contract along with focusing on strengthening trade ties.
He further informed the ambassador that ICCI has planned to organise an International Industrial Expo in the federal capital to promote the export of country’s industrial products. He further said that businessmen from all over the world would also be invited to this expo that would give a boost to trade and exports. The ICCI president invited Nepalese counterparts to actively participate in that event, which would provide an opportunity to the business community of both the countries to come closer to each other.