Australian High Commissioner asks to increase coordination and networking between Pakistan and Australia for better development of economic sector

Karachi, November 27, 2015 (PPI-OT):Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited the Australian High Commission Ms. Margaret Adamson. The meeting was chaired by Mian Muhammad Adrees, President, FPCCI, along with Maher Alam Khan, Acting Secretary General, FPCCI and Dr. Ayub Maher, Director General, R and D, FPCCI. President briefed that there is a Pakistan – Australia Business Council of FPCCI for mediating the trade aspects between both the countries.

Pakistan and Australia are having a pleasant diplomatic relations since the independence 1947, especially in the sectors of Education and Agriculture. He showed his concern that despite of trade agreements between Pakistan and Australia, the exports / import volume aren’t appreciable in terms of growth analysis although Pakistan offers vast potential opportunities for Australian investments especially in the sectors of energy like hydro power and alternate energy.

He stated that Pakistan is looking for growth in Australian FDIs and Pakistani exports to Australia. He concentrated on having One Country Exhibition from Pakistan in Australia. Maher Alam Khan, Acting Secretary General, FPCCI asked to have ease in visa policy for trade delegations especially for representation in fairs and exhibitions.

Australian High Commissioner Ms. Margaret Adamson acknowledged the warm welcome by FPCCI and having an opportunity for having interaction with the members of FPCCI. She asked to increase the coordination and networking between the both countries for the better development of economic sector. She briefed that both countries are needed to increase on budget and resource allocations for strengthening the innovative sectors and transfer of technology.

She added that as per WTO, both countries have vast facilitation to enjoy the trade ease and regulations. She further added that the two countries in the past have collaborated in talks and actions on joint ventures relating to agriculture, dairy, livestock and mining; Australia provides scholarships to Pakistani students every year to study at higher level in Australia.

She identified the sectors of Education and Agriculture for exchange of resources and to concentrate on having vocational education facilitation by Australia in Pakistan especially in the fields of Agriculture and Information Technology. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry – WCCI Karachi (South) including Farida Qureshi, President WCCI; Ghazala Saifi, Senior Vice President, WCCI and Salma Ahmed, Member, WWCI.

For more information, contact:
M. A. Lodhi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +92-21-35874332