KARACHI: Commercial Counsellor of Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai, Dr Saeed Qadir, has asked the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to send a trade delegation to Dubai in order to improve trade relations and create strong linkages between the business communities of both countries.
The request for sending a KCCI’s trade delegation to Dubai was made during a meeting with Junaid Esmail Makda, Chairman International Affairs Sub-Committee KCCI on his recent visit to Dubai.
President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, while welcoming the invitation of Consulate General of Pakistan, assured that the chamber was also keen to send a trade delegation to Dubai in order to promote Pakistani products and services, besides paving way for creating strong business linkages between the business communities of Pakistan, Dubai and other GCC states.
Dr. Saeed Qadir, during his meeting with Junaid Esmail Makda, stressed the need to initially ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between KCCI and Dubai Chamber, which should later on be signed with other UAE Chambers to capitalize business and investment opportunities arising in wake of hosting Expo 2020 by Dubai.
“An MOU between various Pakistani Chambers and Dubai Chamber will institutionalize business to business contacts and will facilitate development and promotion of the Pakistan’s exports of manpower, goods and services and joint venture between UAE based investors in Pakistan”, he added.
Regarding KCCI Trade Delegation’s visit to Dubai, Dr. Qadir advised KCCI to give Consulate General of Pakistan a month’s time for arranging appropriate business meetings with Dubai Chamber and other relevant trade bodies and buying houses.
Junaid Makda, while highlighting the fruitful discussions during a separate meeting with Hassan Al Hashim, Vice President International Affairs of Dubai Chamber of Commerce, said that the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Chamber of Commerce are willing to further strengthen ties between both chambers in order to create strong linkages between the business communities of both countries.
“The meeting with Hassan Al Hashim undoubtedly paved way for further improving relations between KCCI and Dubai Chamber. Various issues in way of strengthening strong linkages were discussed in detail including setting up of a joint facilitation center to improve visa services for Pakistani visitors”, Makda said, “I also advocated joint efforts by KCCI and Dubai Chamber under one vibrant platform to assist Pakistani investors, who are either already running businesses or willing to initiate new businesses in Dubai”, he added.