Netherlands intends to increase trade ties with Pakistan: Envoy

SIALKOT: Ambassador of Netherlands in Pakistan Mr. Marcel de Vink has said that the Netherlands is keen to enhance bilateral trade and economic relations with Pakistan.

He stressed upon the need of making all out sincere efforts to boost the mutual trade ties between Netherlands and Pakistan, saying that both of the countries have been enjoying good friendly and cordial trade relations and now the time is ripe to further strengthen the mutual trade ties. He said that the both Pakistan and Netherlands enjoy friendly relations in all fields.

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of Sialkot business community held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here Thursday, after visiting some leading industrial units in here. SCCI President Dr. Sarfraz Bashir, Senior Vice President Mian Muhammad Anwar and Vice President Khawar Sapal were present on this occasion.

Ambassador said that the Netherlands is a gateway to Europe and 6th largest foreign investor in the world. “We wanted to see the Pakistani economy growing and developing”, he added.

Envoy disclosed that a delegation of leading investors and traders from Netherlands will visit Pakistan in April 2014 (next month) to assess the possibilities of their massive investment and starting some joint ventures in different trade fields in Pakistan.

He said that the Netherlands intended to develop and strengthen mutual trade relations with Pakistan, saying that the Netherlands would ensure the easy access of Sialkot exporters to EU and Netherlands markets, in this regard.

Ambassador of Netherlands urged the Sialkot exporters to take GSP plus status as a challenge and concentrate on quality production to meet the standards fixed for international trade, particularly by the European Union. He said that the time was ripe for the Sialkot exporters to take the full advantages of the GSP Plus status and explore and capture the EU markets by exporting their diversified traditional and non-traditional export products.

He said that the Netherlands could be a gateway to Europe for the Sialkot exporters.

On this occasion, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Dr. Sarfraz Bashir said that both the countries must further strengthen economic relations, through facilitation of governments and close coordination of private sectors.

SCCI President told the visiting Netherlands Ambassador 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.

Earlier, the envoy visited several sports goods and surgical instruments manufacturing leading industrial units in Sialkot and he witnessed the international standard craftsmanship of Sialkot based artisans.

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