KARACHI: Pakistan Japan Business Forum (PJBF) took a business delegation to Tokyo last week to attend the eighth Joint Business Dialogue, followed by government-to-business (G2B) and government-to-government (G2G) dialogues.
The Pakistani delegation was headed by PJBF Chairman Sohail P Ahmed, while the Japanese side was led by Marubeni Corporation and Japan Pakistan Business Cooperation Committee (JPBCC) Chairman Teruo Asada.
The government side was led by Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Parliamentary Vice Minister Akimasa Ishikawa led the government of Japan side.
The dialogue was followed by a seminar of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and later by one-to-one meeting with various Japanese conglomerates and infrastructure support companies, including SME Support and Japan Productivity Centre.
Speakers elaborated on the strategic location coupled with a population of over 200 million with 60% under the age of 30 years and a growing middle class with an increasing purchasing power.
The Japanese investors were informed about the low productivity costs and availability of abundant natural resources supported by a liberal investment regime.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2018.
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