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President ICCI stresses for closer cooperation between Poland and Pakistan

Islamabad (        ) Muhammad Ijaz Abbasi, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry while visiting H.E.Dr.Krzystof Debnicki, Ambassador of Poland said that the volume of trade between the two countries is very low and stressed on the need for the enhancement of two-way bilateral trade in billion of dollars.

The President ICCI said that two countries have over a 45 years old tradition of co-operation but unfortunately potential in developing economic and trade relations has not been fully explored and utilized by the two countries.  He said that Pakistan and Poland can cooperate in the fields of gas and oil, energy, infrastructure, maritime, engineering and agro food sectors as well as development of small and medium enterprise (SMEs), coal and mining industry.  

Mr.Ijaz Abbasi, President ICCI said that geopolitically Pakistan is located at the confluence of three vital regions - South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia that helps in the co-operation between all three regions for energy, trade, transportation and tourism. He further said that due to best geographical location of Pakistan, Polish products and services can be exported not only to Pakistan but also via Pakistan to the neighbouring countries.

President ICCI also stressed for regular exchange of business delegations from both sides and said that Islamabad Chamber shall arrange a business delegation to Poland in the next few months for business meetings with the Polish entrepreneurs. He also invited Poland Ambassador for a visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry for a meeting with the business community of Islamabad.

H.E.Dr.Krzystof Debnicki, Ambassador of Poland said he found Pakistan very different place from as it is negatively projected in the media. He said that there is a great scope of trade and investment for Polish businessmen in Pakistan and stressed to the security of investment of Polish investors, so as to encourage them to invest in Pakistan.

Ambassador said that Poland can supply to Pakistan electric equipment including diesel generators, railway equipment, agriculture machinery and spare parts, heavy vehicles and marine and diesel engines. He said that Poland exports to Pakistan include machines, chemicals, cast iron and steel, wood pulp and cardboard, fertilizer, newsprint, machinery engines, rolling bearings, oil seeds milk powder etc.

H.E.Dr.Krzystof Debnicki, said that Poland is situated in the heart of Europe, which provides an excellent base for Pakistan's economic expansion into the European Union and into the East Central European countries, which the Pakistani businessmen should take advantage. He said that Poland Embassy shall provide full assistance to the business delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry in visas and arrangement of business meetings with the Polish entrepreneurs. The Ambassador also accepted the invitation of the President for a visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry along with Commercial Counsellor of Poland.