Auto parts: Industry looks for joint ventures with Thailand

Published: March 30, 2017
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KARACHI: Pakistan auto part makers have met with their Thai counterparts in Bangkok to discuss the planned free trade agreement (FTA) and the possibility of joint ventures between the two countries.

The delegation from Pakistan was led by Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (Paapam) Chairman Mashood Ali Khan.

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Khan said he was optimistic that a Thai delegation would visit Pakistan soon to push forward bilateral talks. Paapam had earlier expressed reservations about the proposed FTA with Thailand, fearing it may hurt interests of the local industry in coming years.

The delegation informed Thai auto part manufacturers about the rapidly growing automotive market in Pakistan, according to a press release. Paapam asked them to provide a complete list of their components with HS code and other details and also discussed the possibility of joint ventures.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2017.

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