Islamabad, June 28, 2013 (PPI-OT): Sarah C. Peck, Executive Director US-Pakistan Women’s Council, US Department of State on Friday said her country is taking keen interest in expanding relations with Pakistan and promote the women entrepreneurs.
The representative of Pakistan’s most important trading partner said that US is trying to lift the standard of living of people of Pakistan and support the business community.
I have come to Pakistan to review the situation and forward recommendations for increased trade relaxations, she said while speaking to female entrepreneurs.
Founder President Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) Samina Fazil, President Farida Rashid, Secretary General IWCCI Sara Ansari and others were also present on the occasion.
US official Sarah C. Peck, flanked with the staff of US Embassy, said lauded the efforts of IWCCI in supporting women and said that a MOU will be signed to promote cooperation and empower women.
“I will seriously consider the proposal to establish a think-tank for designers from the two countries which will broaden ties between private sectors of both countries,” she said. .
Speaking at the occasion, Samina Fazil and Farida Rashid hoped that there will be a positive outcome of the meeting which will result in quick progress.
Pakistani exporters are facing different barriers hampering the bilateral trade which is already below the potential, they remarked.
Pakistani textiles should gain access to the US market on favourable terms or at least on similar terms as offered to other least developed countries, the IWCCI leaders demanded.
Future cooperation can be ensured through better understanding which can be ensured through frequent exchange of delegations, the said.
Farida Rashid asked the US to hold an investment conference in Pakistan and step forward to resolve energy crisis which has shaken the foundations of economy.
Relationship between two countries is heading towards stability which can improve rapidly if US focus on trade and not just aid to expand bilateral economic engagement.
Farida Rashid lauded the policy of the government, supported by the US, to expand economic cooperation with its neighbours including India, Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics.
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