Pakistan government ready to facilitate overseas businesses

All commercial consulars working in Pakistani embassies and consulates would now report directly to the TDAP to improve the services for exporters and overseas Pakistani business community.

By Staff Report

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Published: Thu 22 Jan 2015, 12:33 AM

Last updated: Fri 26 Jun 2015, 12:10 AM

Dubai: The Pakistan government is taking steps to facilitate the overseas Pakistani business community in order to boost the national economy by securing more export orders from the Gulf region, according to top official of the Trading Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

S.M. Munir addressing the Pakistani business community and exporters in Dubai. — Supplied photo

Addressing the Pakistani business community at a networking meeting in Dubai on Sunday, S.M. Munir, chief executive of TDAP, said all commercial consulars working in Pakistani embassies and consulates would now report directly to the TDAP to improve the services for exporters and overseas Pakistani business community.

Munir also highlighted the role of TDAP and said the main aim of this apex body is to encourage value addition to the Pakistani products, explore new export markets and facilitate the exporters in order to enhance global share of Pakistani exports.

Javed Jalil, Consul General of Pakistan, appreciated the Pakistan Business Council’s efforts to serve the community and highlight their problems at appropriate forums. Diplomats, Pakistani businessmen, bankers and representatives of different commercial organisations also attended the event.

Tanvir Khawaja, president of Pakistan Business Council (PBC), hailed the appointment of Munir as the TDAP chief executive and said this move will ensure a rapid growth in the internal and external trade of the country.

Khawaja also briefed about the PBC activities in Dubai and said the council is focused on the vast business opportunities that exist and continue to expand in Dubai. “The UAE trade is touching new horizons, but unfortunately the share of Pakistan in this trade is not reflecting a similar trend,” he said.

Highlighting future prospects, he said the World Expo 2020 in Dubai would offer tremendous business opportunities. “It is the right time for Pakistani businessmen to prepare themselves to secure the maximum share of business generating because of this mega event,” he said.

Khawaja also urged the TDAP chief to hold seminars and awareness programmes in Pakistan with the coordination of Pakistani chambers to encourage businessmen to avail of opportunities available in the UAE.

He also highlighted some of the issues confronting businessmen engaged in imports from Pakistan and said the government should simplify the existing cumbersome procedures if it is serious to boost exports. Earlier, in his introductory remarks, Iskander Sultan Khawaja, vice-president of PBC, hailed the appointment of Munir to lead an important organisation that will have a profound effect on the promotion of trade and commerce within and outside the country.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com



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