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LAHORE: Iranian businessmen expressed their keen interest in strong trade and economic ties with Pakistan during meetings with the LCCI 13-member delegation which is on seven-day visit to Iran under the leadership of LCCI President Mian Nauman Kabir.

According to the spokesperson of the LCCI, the delegation on Wednesday visited largest car manufacturing company of Iran Khudroo Car Complex, Isfahan Chamber of Commerce & Commerce and has meeting with Vice President Bahram Sobhani, visited Solomon Carpet Industrial Production Company, JAY Oil Refinery and met with Mayor of Isfahan Qasim Zadeh. LCCI President Mian Nauman Kabir also inked a MoU with Isfhan Chamber of Commerce.

During these high-profile meetings, LCCI president and head of the delegation Mian Nauman Kabir highlighted trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan and Iran besides identifying the possibilities of joint ventures between the private sectors of the two countries.

Mian Nauman Kabir said that Iran and Pakistan have always enjoyed smooth development of friendly and neighborly relations as well as mutually beneficial cooperation.

He said that the key purpose of our visit to Iran is to explore the Iranian markets for further developing the trade and investment relations between two countries.

The LCCI president said that the lacuna should be filled and those factors should be controlled which are hindering the growth of trade between Pakistan and Iran.

He said that lack of better connectivity between the private sectors of Iran and Pakistan was one of the factors for low trade volume and stressed the need of close cooperation between Iran-Pakistan chambers of commerce to develop strong business linkages between the private sectors of both countries.

The LCCI president said that new avenues should be explored other than bilateral trade for the sake of enhancing cooperation between two countries.

He said that the potential sectors where Pakistan and Iran can enhance trade are value-added textiles, pharmaceuticals and rice and energy. Iran is one of the biggest consumers of Denim in the region while Pakistani rice has a strong market in Iran. There is also a great potential for both countries to initiate joint ventures in the field of energy.

He informed the Iranian counterparts that Pakistan is inviting foreign investors in many of its sectors where Iran, being the next door neighbor, can take full benefit of the available opportunities. These sectors are renewable energy, construction & housing, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Railways.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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