Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Abdul Rauf Alam has asked the business community to explore the untapped trade potential of the Lebanese market.
He also urged the government to take steps for promoting greater economic cooperation, which would bring people of the two countries closer.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Lebanon Ambassador Mona El Tannir. Leading businessmen were present in the meeting and they discussed ways and means to deepen trade relations between the two countries.
Alam briefed the ambassador about functions of trade bodies in Pakistan and invited Lebanese businessmen to visit and hold a single-country exhibition in Pakistan.
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He emphasised the enormous potential for bilateral trade which both the countries could not explore so far.
Ambassador Tannir pointed out that Lebanon was famous for the production of olives and olive oil. Pakistan was importing olives, generators and some other products from Lebanon but bilateral trade could still be improved, she said.
She revealed that Pakistan’s textiles, rice, handicrafts and carpets were very popular in Lebanon while on the other hand Lebanon offered various opportunities in the tourism sector.
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“Pakistan’s businessmen can benefit from the opportunity to have access to the Lebanese market as the embassy grants visas to Pakistanis for attending lectures, seminars and workshops in the field of medicine, pharmaceutical, information technology and software.”
In words of praise, the ambassador stressed that Pakistan had always assisted Lebanon in every form and during times of crisis for which the Middle Eastern country was grateful to Islamabad.
courtesy : express tribune