Karachi (PR): Mr.Andrey V.Demidove, departing Consul General of Russian Federation paid a farewell courtesy call on the President FPCCI Mr.Zubair Ahmed Malik on Wednesday, 17th July 2013. Mr.Zubair Ahmed Malik,President,FPCCI, in his welcome remarks said that although results of bilateral cooperation between two strategic countries are not visible but we believe strong future relations between Pakistan and Russian Federation. President FPCCI also pointed out problem being faced by both sides businesses due to non availibilty of financial instrument and lack of political will. He added that for trade facilitation financial institution should be established. Pakistan Steel Mill which was established with the Russain cooperation now needs upgradation to cater to the present demand which is an important project. He appreciated and acknowledged the services rendered by Mr.Demidove in promoting Pak-Russia bilateral relations which are highly commendable. He said that the progress, strength and depth of relations reached between the two countries during the tenure of Mr.Andrey V.Demidove are remarkable.
Mr.Andrey V.Demidove, departing Consul General of Russian Federation said that the results of Pak-Russian cooperation are not much visible but these are building blocks for future relations between Pakistan and Russian Federation. He added that both countries have laid down big mileston for enhancing bilateral relations. He appreciated supportive role of people of Pakistan particularly Business Community. Businessmen are keen to develop trade and economic relations and he find no obstacle in promoting trade. On global trade of Russian, he said after accessation to WTO Russia is facing lots of implications on Russian economy. China, Eropean Union are the major investment partner he informed.
The meeting was attended by Mr.Shaheen Ilyas Sarwana,Vice President FPCCI, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Afzal, Chairman, Pak-Russia Business Council of FPCCI,Mr.Siddique Sheikh,Chairman, FPCCI Standing Committee onR&D,Mr.Maher Alam Khan, Secretary General FPCCI and Mir Nasir Abbas DG(IA) FPCCI and others. At the end of the meeting Mr.Zubair Ahmed Malik President FPCCI, presented FPCCI crest to Mr.Andrey V.Demidove, departing Russian Consul General.