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LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal on Monday said Indonesia-Pakistan preferential trade agreement has been beneficial for private businesses of both countries and instrumental in focusing growth in Pakistan. The level of trade and investment between the two countries has not kept pace with global trends.

He was addressing the 1st Indonesia-Pakistan B2B hybrid road show 2021 and launching ceremony of Indonesia–Pakistan B2B online portal. The ceremony was jointly organized by Punjab Board of Investment & Trade, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Islamabad and E-Commerce Gateway Pakistan Private Limited.

The purpose of launching online portal is to facilitate more trade between both the countries by providing a platform for business communities of the two countries to get more information which may have to increase commercial transactions potential various fields such as health, pharma, food, agriculture, textile and furniture.

Provincial Minister for Industries & Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal and Ambassador of Indonesia to Pakistan Adam M Tugio inaugurated Indonesia-Pakistan business to business online portal.

Aslam Iqbal said the recent understanding between PBIT and Indonesian Embassy in Pakistan to form a joint working group to facilitate bilateral trade and investments clearly indicates our resolve to strengthen the economic ties between the two countries.

The Provincial Minister said as a result of bold economic reforms of the government of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, we have achieved significant improvement in all major economic indicators; Pakistan’s economic growth has increased despite the challenges of Covid-19. He said Punjab has taken regional lead in special economic zone development and colonization. I invite the business communities of both countries to make use of the attractive incentives package available in our special economic zones and export processing zones and set up their manufacturing units.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Indonesia Adam M Tugio congratulated the Punjab government and Punjab Board of Investment & Trade for holding a successful event. He said the embassy will convene a series of events to promote tourism and investment. This series of activities will be complementary to cultural diplomacy i.e. being conducted by the embassy in collaboration with ECommerce Gateway Pakistan. He hoped that such activities would enhance people-to-people contacts and increase trade volume which amounted to $2.5 billion last year.

CEO PBIT Dr Erfa Iqbal briefed on various sectors and availability of numerous potential opportunities for investors in Punjab. She pointed out that special economic zones were being set up in all the provinces and regions of Pakistan.

Vice President E-Commerce Gateway Pakistan Uzair Nizam underscored that such events play a vital role in increasing bilateral trade between the two countries as well as hosting economy and business activities.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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