Government, besides focusing on markets of United States and European Union should take steps to explore regional African, Central Asian and South American markets: Haroon Agar

Government, besides focusing on markets of United States and European Union should take steps to explore regional African, Central Asian and South American markets: Haroon Agar


Karachi, February 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): “Government, besides focusing on the markets of USA and EU, should take meaningful steps to explore the regional and untapped African, Central Asian and South American markets. Pakistan’s competing countries have already entered into our unexplored markets long time ago and enjoying handsome business.

We are already late to enter there, however, Pakistan can capture its share on the grounds of its talented and skill manpower and production of high quality products.”, this was stated by Muhammad Haroon Agar, President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on the occasion of visit of group of Consul Generals and Commercial Counsellors newly designated abroad to KCCI.

He said that at Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we believe that the Commercial Counsellors and Trade Officer should be appointed on merit without political interference and favouritism. He asserted that to enabling Pakistan’s traders and industrialist for capturing our share in unexplored markets, Government must induct qualified and professional commercial counsellors who could act as the Marketing Managers of Pakistan and they should be given clear periodical targets for enhancing trade and investment.

He hoped that the gap between Pakistan Commercial Counsellors and Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Pakistan would be bridged while inducting the energetic professionals from private sector on merit and with effective liaison.

He was of the view that every Commercial Counsellors shall be given a specified target to be achieved before deadlines. He also emphasized on the regular exchange of information between the Commercial Section abroad and the leading chambers. The Commercial Section should also play a vital role in trade dispute arbitrations.

In a presentation President-KCCI highlighted the importance of Pakistan’s Embassies and Commercial Sections in countries around the globe and advised that they must keep regular contact with KCCI and other Chambers of Commerce of Pakistan keeping in loop the Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan on bilateral trade queries.

He also advised to induce/lobby in signature of multilateral negotiations and treatments like PTA and FTA; and introducing foreign trade and economic policies of Pakistan. He anticipated that the Trade Officer abroad should provide consultative service on import and export business for business circles from both Pakistan and respective countries and enterprise to organize single country exhibitions or Pakistan Pavilions, KCCI’s My-Karachi Exhibition, in the International Trade Fairs and Exhibitions in the countries they are designated.

The trade queries would be timely addressed and the information would be disseminated to KCCI members. He while ensuring best support from KCCI suggested the newly designated officers to prepare the list of top 50 companies and products and they should be well aware about the trade practices of two countries.

He concluded that they should act hard to correct the negative perception being painted by some biased foreign media about Pakistan and inform the world that Pakistan is a peaceful country having loving citizens.

Earlier, President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomed the group of newly designated Consul Generals and Commercial Counsellors to Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Paris, Madrid, London, Manchester, Prague, Rome, Athens, Berlin, The Hague, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Sydney, Seoul, Baku, Cairo, Logos, Abu Dhabi, Tehran, Dhaka, Nairobi, Casablanca, Jeddah, Riyadh, Port Louis, Kandhar, Kabul, Hong Kong, etc. Kabir Kazi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce introduced the officers to the President KCCI.

The Officers-designated abroad informed the President-KCCI that their purpose of visit is to get an insight about KCCI and to seek meaningful suggestion to that would help them to explore and enhance the trade between Pakistan and the respective countries.

They expressed their gratitude to President-KCCI for his brainstorming lecture and ensured that they will maintain a persistent contact with KCCI and inform them about the trade opportunities available. They ensured their efforts to explore all avenues to sell products “Made in Pakistan” and try to bring maximum foreign investment in Pakistan. They also pledged that they would justify their postings while bringing productive results in near future.

Senior Vice President KCCI Shamim Firpo, Vice President Nasir Mehmood and Managing Committee Members also participated in the meeting.

For more information, contact:
M. Shafiq Baig
Public Relations Officer
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road,
Shahrah-e-Liaquat, Karachi-74000
Tel: +9221 9921 8001 -09
Fax: +9221 9921 8010



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