Karachi (PR): Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President Mian Abrar Ahmad urged the Thai investors to enter into joint ventures in cool chains, food processing and halal food sectors. While exchanging views with the Thai Consul General Wichai Sirisujin, he asserted upon the need of building trading blocks of Pakistan with Asian countries, Central Asian Republics and SAARC countries. He focused that the Pakistan is located in between these three blocks and due to its geo-strategic position, Thailand and the countries worldwide may exports to these blocks through Pakistan. To uplift the Pakistan economy he voiced to enhance regional trade. He lamented that Pakistan was never allowed economic independence and liberty by the developed countries which they allowed to Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Vietnam in the region. He also enlightened the Thai Consul General about the key role of Karachi Chamber in the socio-economic development of Pakistan and informed about the aims of KCCI to develop regional trade. He urged the Consul General to suggest and convince the Bangkok Chamber to form joint Chamber with KCCI on the pattern of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber which KCCI formed last year. He also highlighted possibilities of joint ventures in food processing, halal foods, gems & jewellery, footwear, garments, tourism, computers and electrical appliances. He also requested the Consul General to invite business delegation and exhibitors to participate in the Karachi Chamber’s My-Karachi Oasis of Harmony Exhibition scheduled to be organized in July 2012.
Consul General of Thailand in Karachi Wichai Sirisujin recognized the vibrant role of Karachi Chamber to promote trade and industry. He attached importance to effective interaction between private sectors of two countries to increase bilateral trade. He said that trade was not balanced hence two sides should sit together to deliberate and explore more possibilities of economic and commercial cooperation with open mind and remove the obstacles which were hindering the two-way trade. He assured his best possible support to KCCI to facilitate the business community. He agreed that possibilities of cooperation in food processing do exist and private sectors of two countries should explore it. He said that deliberation were underway to devise framework to start negotiation for PTA between two countries.
Senior Vice President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir highlighted existing trade opportunities in textiles, garments, shoes, jewellery, food items. Former President KCCI Majyd Aziz while participating in the meeting urged for technology transfer for food processing and investment in the fisheries. He also inquired about Thai viewpoint about Pakistan’s membership in ASEAN. He also proposed to promote the tourism sector of Pakistan by propping up Buddhism Heritage existing in Pakistan.
Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan, former President AQ Khalil, former Vice President Haroon Agar, Managing Committee Members Asif Nisar, Shamim Firpo, Asif Shiekh Javed, Nasir Mehmood, Naeem Ahmed, Abdul Basit also participated in the meeting. Honorary Trade Advisor to Thai Government Arif Suleman also attended the meeting. President KCCI also presented Chamber’s crest to Thai Consul General.