Ambassador designate vows to strengthen Pakistan’s ties with Libya

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Ambassador Designate to Libya, Lt Gen Javed Zia, while assuring to make all out efforts to enhance trade ties between Pakistan and Libya, said that Libya is an emerging economy and it offers immense opportunities to Pakistani business community to exports various products and services.

“We must put our act together and need to boldly address issues hindering trade between the two countries and Libya is looking forward to enhance its imports from Pakistan but unfortunately Pakistan has not paid any attention and is looking at other destinations for enhancing its exports”, he added.

Speaking at meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Tuesday, Zia said that most of products being used in Libya were imported from various countries including India, China and Turkey whereas Pakistan can also enhance its export and easily penetrate into this huge market.

President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI, Muffasar A. Malik, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Chairman of Fairs, Exhibitions & Trade Delegations, Naveed Farooki, Former Presidents KCCI, Majyd Aziz, Saeed Shafiq and other members of the Managing Committee were also present at the meeting.

Commenting on overall security situation in Libya and the concerns raised by KCCI members, he stated that security situation in Libya was not that bad. “If you can do business in Pakistan despite severe security concerns than doing business or visiting Libya should also not be a problem”, he added.

Zia, while referring to 41st Tripoli Trade Fair in the month of April 2014, assured full support to the Karachi Chamber during its participation in this important trade fair, which will certainly create immense opportunities for Pakistani exporters. “Pakistan’s Embassy in Libya will certainly facilitate KCCI delegation during its stay in Libya. We will also organize joint meetings of KCCI and its counterparts in Libya on the sidelines of Tripoli Trade Fair in order to create strong business linkages and pave way for improved trade relations”, Javed Zia assured.

Stressing the need to revitalize the performance of Pakistani embassies, he said that the Indian Embassies are acting as the hub of trading activities and Pakistan must also do the same.

Earlier, while welcoming the Ambassador, President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki informed that Karachi Chamber of Commerce, being the leading chamber of the country, is playing an active role of a bridge between the business communities, governments and various embassies in Pakistan. He hoped that Javed Zia will also maintain close liaison with KCCI and actively work during his tenure as Pakistan’s Ambassador in Libya by effectively promoting and marketing Pakistani products, besides facilitating Pakistani businessmen who are willing to enhance exports to Libya.

Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees agreed that there was a huge potential for various Pakistani products including mangoes, rice, oranges, marble and cement etc. “Pakistani businesses are capable of seizing a huge share of Libyan market.”

To further enhance trade, he suggested frequent exchange of trade delegations along with organizing single country exhibition, which will help in bringing the business communities of both countries closer. He also asked the Ambassador to promote KCCI’s forthcoming ‘My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony’ Exhibition in Libya and encourage Libyan business community to be part of this event which is scheduled to be held from 20th to 22nd June 2014.

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