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Pakistan appreciates projects undertaken by United States to help overcome Pakistan’s energy crisis: Sherani

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Islamabad, January 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan appreciates the projects undertaken by the United States to help overcome Pakistan’s energy crisis, especially in the backward areas of the country, and would like to see more projects undertaken by American companies to help overcome the energy crisis facing the country.

This was stated by Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) while welcoming H.E. Mr. Michael Dodman, the Consul General of the United States of America during a visit to FPCCI this week. He was accompanied by a team of officers from the American Consulate. Also present on the occasion were FPCCI Vice Presidents Shaikh Haroon Rashid, Sheikh Shakil Ahmed Dhingra, Mr. Iqbal Dawood Pakwalla, Begum Salma Ahmed and several leading members of the business community.

Mr. Sherani called for a strengthened relationship between the two countries which were only trading in a limited number of items, such as textiles, leather, raw cotton and some machinery. He asked the American government to allow better market access to Pakistan’s competitive exports, such as textiles and garments. At the same time, he also said that with the help of better technology, Pakistan could increase the productivity of its fruits, vegetables and agricultural sectors.

He also suggested that the US Consulate should support the education of Pakistan’s business community regarding how to meet the Food and Drugs Regulations so that Pakistan could export fruits and food items to the American market.

He also informed Mr. Dodman about FPCCI’s upcoming delegation to the United States under his chairmanship, which would also comprise women entrepreneurs, and would meet members of the American business community.

Mr. Dodman said that the United States was among the largest investors in Pakistan’s economy, and was eager to expand its investment in Pakistan, which was why the investment treaty was important. He agreed that both countries should focus on trying to expand market access for Pakistan to USA for the time being, and asked the local business community to study the GSP system, under which Pakistan could enjoy duty-free access in certain items to the American market.

He said the US Consulate would soon share details about the GSP scheme with FPCCI. While sharing details of the projects undertaken by the United States in energy, healthcare, education and economic development in Pakistan, Mr. Dodman said that the US was keen to continue supporting projects that would benefit Pakistan and further cement bilateral ties. The meeting was concluded with presentation of the FPCCI crest to Mr. Dodman.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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