Karachi, January 06, 2014 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s Ambassador – Designate to Indonesia, Attiya Mahmood has said that lack of dedicated funds refrain Pakistani Embassies to go for promotional and marketing activities of Pakistani goods and services as the embassies get limited amount of funds to overcome their administrative expenses only.
Speaking at a meeting during her visit to KCCI, Attiya Mahmood said that the embassies can only facilitate those promotional activities which are either being financed by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan or these events and exhibitions are being organized by trade associations like Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lack of dedicated funds for trade promotional activities at Pakistani embassies act as one of the key hurdle in way of enhancing trade to various countries, she added.
President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Former Vice President, Nasir Chandana, Managing Committee members Zafar Saeed Baghpatee, Anis Haji Younus Arfa, Durre-e-Shahwar Nisar, Abdul Jabbar Dalal, Shehzad Mubeen, Advisor Banking and Insurance Sub Committee, Ateeq ur Rehman, and Secretary General KCCI, S.M. H. Rizvi were present at the meeting.
Attiya Mahmood, while highlighting her planned activities as Pakistan’s Ambassador in Indonesia, assured that all possible facilities and assistances will be provided to Pakistani businessmen willing to expand their trade with Indonesian counterparts, whereas the embassy will proactively be playing its role in dispute resolution by taking up issues being faced by Pakistani business community with local authorities in Indonesia.
She also stressed the need for enhancing person-to-person and business-to-business interactions between the two countries with a view to maximize the existing trade volume between the two countries.
She appreciated the recent visit of a KCCI’s delegation to Indonesia, where the Chamber’s President Abdullah Zaki signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jakarta Chamber of Commerce for setting up a joint chamber, which would certainly open up new avenues of opportunities for the business communities of both countries.
Attiya Mahmood was confident that Pakistani businessmen will certainly be able to improve their share in Indonesian market keeping in view the massive Indonesian population along with demand for Pakistan products.
Responding to the concerns raised by the business community over declining trade volume between Pakistan and Indonesia during the past few years particularly after signing of Preferential Trade Agreement, she advised Karachi Chamber’s Research Cell to identify the causes of this decline and forward them to the embassy so that these could be addressed accordingly.
While welcoming the Ambassador, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki briefed the Ambassador about KCCI’s efforts towards enhancing trade relations with Indonesia by undertaking various initiatives and joint ventures with Indonesian counterparts from time to time. In this regard, President KCCI particularly mentioned the support extended by the Indonesian Consul General in Karachi, Rossalis R. Adenan who has been proactively striving hard and playing the role of bridge between the business communities of both countries.
“We have witnessed overwhelming participation of Indonesian businessmen and exhibitors in Karachi Chamber’s ‘My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony’ Exhibition every year due to the support being extended by the Indonesian Embassy in Pakistan and the Consulate General of Indonesia”, he added.
To further improve trade ties between Pakistan and Indonesia, President KCCI advised the Pakistani Ambassador to help KCCI in setting up a display center of Pakistani goods and services in Indonesia so that the Indonesian business community could closely take a look at the high quality goods being manufactured in Pakistan.
He hoped that the newly appointed Pakistani Ambassador to Indonesia, Attiya Mahmood will make dedicated efforts towards strengthening trade volumes between the two countries, besides facilitating the Pakistani business community in creating strong linkages with Indonesian counterparts during their visit to Indonesia.
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