Sweden wants to further develop trade relations with Pakistan: Swiss Envoy

SIALKOT: Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan Mr. Tomas Rosander has said that the Sweden wants to further strengthen mutual trade relations with Pakistan. He said that the delegations of Swedish businessmen, investors and trade experts will visit Pakistan in May 2014 (next month) to find out the opportunities of Swedish investment and business with Pakistani business community.

Swedish businessmen and trade experts will also visit chambers of commerce and industry in Karachi, Lahore, Sialkot and Faisalabad for paving the ways of establishing strengthened business-to-business and bilateral trade ties between Pakistan and Sweden.

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of exporters held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here Wednesday. Ms. Britt Bhatt (Head of Chancery), SCCI President Dr. Sarfraz Bashir and Senior Vice President Mian Muhammad Anwar were present on this occasion.

Swedish Ambassador discussed in detail the matters of mutual interest with Sialkot exporters during an important meeting held at SCCI here. Swedish Ambassador urged the exporters to divert their business activities to Sweden enjoying easy access to the Swedish international trade markets. He said that the local exporters should explore and capture the Swedish markets by exporting their diversified world class traditional and non-traditional exports.

He said that the time was for exporters of Sialkot to take full advantage of the GSP Plus status and explore and capture the EU markets by exporting their exports.

Replying to a question, regarding the imports of surgical instruments and sports goods from Sialkot-Pakistan by Sweden, the Swedish Ambassador said that the Swedish trade experts will look into this matter during their visit to Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) in May 2014.

He said that the visa related issues of Sialkot business community would be solved soon. He also pledged to pay attention to the issue of revival of the shelved project of establishing Pak-Swedish Engineering University near Sialkot.

On this occasion, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Dr. Sarfraz Bashir said that Sweden and Pakistan enjoy most cordial relations. He said that the bilateral trade volume was not according to the existing potential. The trade between the two countries was limited.

SCCI President said that in order to expand two-way trade and economic collaboration for mutual benefit, both Pakistan and Sweden needed to make certain efforts such as single-country exhibitions, frequent visits of trade delegations, close coordination between trade bodies. Both sides needed to bridge the gap related to trade information and statistical data in reciprocal basis.

SCCI President asked the visiting Swedish Ambassador to start direct imports of sports goods and surgical instruments by Sweden from Sialkot-Pakistan, saying that the Sialkot-made footballs, field hockey sticks, cricket gear, and boxing gloves are used in international games including the Olympics and World Cups. Most of the developed countries are importing surgical instruments from Sialkot. In leather products and textile sportswear, we excel in quality and style. Similar is the case with other items produced in Sialkot, he revealed.

Senior Vice President Mian Muhammad Anwar emphasized that both the countries must further strengthen economic relations, through facilitation of governments and close coordination of private sectors.

He added that the Swedish market could have a big demand for the items produced in Sialkot-Pakistan. There is a great potential for establishing joint ventures and business cooperation between Sweden and Sialkot based companies especially in the fields of Sports Goods, Surgical Instruments and Leather Products.

Earlier, Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan Mr. Tomas Rosander also visited several leading industrial units in Sialkot amid tight security. Flanked by the SCCI officials, Swedish Envoy witnessed the international standard craftsmanship of Sialkot based artisans.

Talking to the industrialists and exporters there he said that the Sialkot exporters have a great potential to explore and capture the Swedish trade markets by exporting their world class diversified traditional and non-traditional export items.

He said that the democracy and economy in Pakistan was now strengthening and the EU and West were observing the situation, showing betterment in economical and political scenario of Pakistan.

He said that the several Swedish companies were showing keen interest to establish the joint ventures with Pakistani companies in different trade fields. Both Sweden and Pakistan enjoy friendly relations in all fields, he added.

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