Delegation level talks between Pakistan and Senegal

Islamabad, September 06, 2016 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and President of Senegal Macky Sall led their respective sides in delegation level talks held here at PM House Islamabad today. The Prime Minister said that in addition to existing items like textiles, pharmaceuticals and rice, Pakistan can also export leather and leather products, light engineering goods, agricultural machinery and implements to Senegal.

‘A composite trade and investment delegation led by our Minister for Commerce could visit Senegal in this regard’, said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan can extend technical support to Senegal for establishment of sugar and cement plants and can also help in promoting its agriculture sector.

Matters pertaining to defence cooperation between the two countries and the proposal for opening a Pakistani bank in Senegal was also discussed during the meeting. Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral trade from its current volume of US$ 30.469 million a year to its true potential. Presently Pakistan’s annual exports to Senegal amount to $29.433 million while imports are at $ 1.06 million.

Pakistan offered to cooperate in the fields of intelligence sharing, control of human and drug trafficking and capacity building in counter terrorism for Senegal. ‘We are happy to offer scholarships for Senegalese students in various fields of education and training in prestigious institutions of Pakistan. I welcome your decision to open Senegalese Embassy in Islamabad, which will further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between our two countries’, said the Prime Minister.

Earlier the Prime Minister welcomed the President of the Republic of Senegal at the PM House which was followed by one-on-one meeting between the two leaders. The Prime Minister felicitated the President on winning the referendum held in March 2016, which demonstrated the renewed trust of the people of Senegal. The Prime Minister also congratulated the President on election of Senegal as the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2016-17.

The visiting delegation included Mr Mansour Elimane KANE, Minister for Infrastructure, Mr Oumar Demba BA, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, Mrs Gnounka DIOUF, Minister Counsellor to the Presidency, Mr Hamidou Samba KASSE, Minister Counsellor for Communications and others. The Meeting was also attended by Mr Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to PM, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence and other senior officials of the government.

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