Economic relations: Pakistan’s to-be US envoy promises promotion of trade ties

Says he will try his best to bring business community of both countries closer

Ppi February 26, 2017
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KARACHI: Pakistan’s ambassador designated to US Aizaz Chaudhry,  who is all set to leave for Washington shortly, has stated that improving Pakistan’s image and enhancing cooperation in trade, energy and security will be his top priorities.

Chaudhry, currently serving as secretary at the foreign office, said that he will try his best to bring the business community of the two countries closer and improve market access for exporters.

He said this while talking to a delegation of Federation of Pakistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) led by its President Zubair Tufail.

Chaudhry said that his top priorities will be promotion of trade and economic cooperation as well as improving consular services. “My foremost priority in Washington will be to strengthen Pakistan-US relations and boost cooperation in economic, trade, education, health, energy and science.”

Chaudhry also said that he will try to increase the embassy’s interaction with the Pakistani community, he added. “Pakistani-Americans have played a laudable role in serving the country by projecting a positive image,” he said, adding that Washington is diplomatically and strategically significant for Islamabad and it is among one of Pakistan’s major trading partners.

He said he would emphasise on Pakistan’s positive contributions towards peace and stability in the region and in Afghanistan.

Lauding the economic policies and gains by the current government FPCCI president, informed that there were some issues hitting bilateral trade and assured all out cooperation to the Ambassador on part of the business community of Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2017.

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