Enhancing ties: Russia, Pakistan cooperate in agriculture, energy

Business forum meets annually to step up activities on both sides

Kashif Zafar November 26, 2016

BAHAWALPUR: The Russian government is cooperating with Pakistan in the agriculture and energy sectors as extensive opportunities of bilateral trade exist between the two countries, said Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Yurievich Dedov.

Speaking during a visit to the Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dedov said around 50 Russian companies were eager to invest in Pakistan.

He pointed out that Pak-Russia business forum meetings were being held on an annual basis for the promotion of trade activities so that Pakistani and Russian businessmen could step up business activities on both sides.

The ambassador insisted that stable defence and political relations between the two countries were important factors for the betterment of the two economies.

Talking about business visas, he said the Russian embassy was issuing visas to Pakistani businessmen on a priority basis.

He highlighted that Russian understanding in the fields of research, energy and production was the biggest reason behind its stability and it would extend cooperation to Pakistan in such sectors.

Mentioning the mega China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, Dedov said it would prove to be a milestone in strengthening Pakistan’s economy, adding with Russian cooperation, Pakistan would soon get membership of the regional grouping Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2016.

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