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Pakistan interested in joint projects with Belarus-Zafar Bakhtawari December 12, 2012
Meeting at ICCI
The Ambassador of Belarus to Pakistan, resident in Iran,  H.E.Mr.Victor Rybak visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry in connection with further enhancement of the investment and trade ties between Belarus and Pakistan. Mr.Abdul Rauf Tabani, Honorary Consullor of Belarus, Mr.Andrei Sadovsky, Trade Chief, Belarus and Maj.(R)Zafar Hussain, leading businessman also accompanied the Ambassador during his visit to Chamber House.

The Ambassador showed his country’s interest in the actualization of the bilateral investment treaty between the two countries. He said that Belarus also intended to establish an embassy in Islamabad that would aimed to bolster economic, commercial and strategic relations between Pakistan and Belarus.
Mr. Rybek urged Pakistan’s business community to take advantage of the Customs Union arrangement between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan whereby goods imported into either one of the three states can freely cross borders between the member states of the union having a market of 200million peoples. 
He said that besides tractors, Belarus was strong in fertilizers, dump trucks, and chemicals. The price of machinery was contingent on the price of metal in Russia, but he said that he would convey Pakistani businessmen’s considerations over high prices to the manufacturers in his country. 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI said that Pakistan is an agricultural country and the demand for up-to-date agricultural machinery is very high, thus there is a great need of Belarusian agricultural machinery, particularly tractors and spare parts. He also appreciated the agro-policy of the present government as production of wheat, rice and sugar have increased significantly and said that the country is in apposition to export more and better quality of rice and wheat to other countries.
He said that Belarus could also assist Pakistan in boosting its automobiles industry and pointed out that all kinds of heavy vehicles, including buses, dumper trucks, cranes and other construction machinery, were in great demand in Pakistan, but the rates must be competitive to appeal to the Pakistani market.
He said that ICCI is arranging exchange of business delegations with different countries while in near future ICCI will also plan to take a business delegation to Belarus, Ukraine and Masco. He said that this was the right time to focus on non-traditional markets, frequent exchange of business delegations and establishing direct B2B contacts between the business communities of both the countries.

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