German minister to visit Pakistan

Published: February 23, 2012
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German auto giant MAN is putting up a truck and bus manufacturing plant which would not only create a large number of job opportunities but would also send positive signal to investors in other developed countries. PHOTO: AFP

German auto giant MAN is putting up a truck and bus manufacturing plant which would not only create a large number of job opportunities but would also send positive signal to investors in other developed countries. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: 

To explore new business avenues in the agricultural sector, German farm minister will arrive in Pakistan in a couple of months while a German auto giant is making huge investment by establishing a manufacturing plant in Pakistan, says German Embassy’s Commercial Section Head Samy Saddi.

Speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday, Saddi said German auto giant MAN is putting up a truck and bus manufacturing plant which would not only create a large number of job opportunities but would also send positive signal to investors in other developed countries.

The diplomat said other German companies were also planning to make investment in alternative energy to help Pakistan overcome the energy crisis.

Saddi spoke about measures being taken by the German government to strengthen bilateral economic relations and said the upcoming visit of agricultural minister was very much part of these efforts.

LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said continuous fall in bilateral trade called for appropriate sector-specific, result-oriented measures by both sides as the existing trade volume of $1.9 billion did not correspond with the great potential the two countries had.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2012.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 23, 2012 - 6:46AM

    its a good news jaye gemany.

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  • KH
    Feb 23, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Its good to hear good news and foreign investment coming to Pakistan.

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  • Zubair Kamal
    Feb 23, 2012 - 4:18PM

    Finally, we will get an opportunity to have German Trucks and Buses on Pakistani roads. Gooooooooood

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  • fahim
    Feb 23, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Almost all major german companies have massive manufacturing bases in India including VW, BMW, Audi, Skoda, Mercedes that they not only use for domestic sales but also export to SE Asia, South Asia, Africa, Latin and Middle East. If MFN is signed, we can import these cars made next door at much less price because of economies of scale. I dont think it makes sense for having high end BMW manufactured here, when annual sales will be less than 100 cars, that too to a bunch of politicians and the all powerful.

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  • Farhan
    Feb 23, 2012 - 9:26PM

    What a good news to hear. Any investment in manufacturing sector at this point in time is a God send thing for country.

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  • SI
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @fahim

    There is no need to give the Indians MFN till they stop interference in Balochistan and the Kashmiris get their freedom from them.

    As far as luxury cars are concerned if there is a need they can always be imported from Europe.Recommend

  • sohaib
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:37PM

    @fahim
    None of the brands you mentioned are exported from India. all of them are made for Indian consumption. And there is no need to grant India MFN status. It does not deserve it. The Indians who comment on these pages reflect a mindset that is arrogant, condescending and looking to hurt Pakistan. There cant be a partnership with people of this type of ideology.

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  • shameless Fai s
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @SI:
    India should give up this silly pak MFN on issues like pakistan’s balochistan terrorism and creating kashmir violence via militancy and false propaganda.

    @sohaib:
    looking to hurt pakistan?? of so, its just a reply to your doings

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