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Pakistani Entrepreneurs asked to tap business opportunities in Uruguay July 03, 2013
Meeting at ICCI
Uruguay is the 5th largest economy of Latin America with favorable business climate and Pakistani entrepreneurs should explore Uruguay for business opportunities, investment and joint ventures, said H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Ojeda, Ambassador of Uruguay during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He was accompanied by Senator Enver Baig, Honorary Council General of The Republic of Uruguay in Pakistan.
The Ambassador said some companies of China, India and Japan are doing good business in Uruguay and Pakistani companies should also make efforts to have some presence in this region, which is an important economic block. He said Uruguay’s investment regime is quite favorable with no discrimination between foreign and domestic investors and no restrictions on repatriation of capital and profits. 
He said that Uruguay’s strategic location with free ports and airports, technological advancement and macroeconomic stability make it attractive and safe country for investment and Pakistani investors should take benefit of these advantages while his embassy could facilitate them in such business pursuits. 
Speaking at the occasion, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that Pakistan gives lot of significance to its relations with Latin American countries including Uruguay to meet its growing demands of opening up new avenues of cooperation and investment opportunities for its businessmen.
He said Pakistan enjoys good relations with Uruguay, but bilateral trade is very low and stressed that both countries should take some concrete measures to facilitate direct interactions between their businessmen so that they could find out potential areas of mutual cooperation to improve trade relations. 
He said agriculture is a leading industry in Uruguay while Pakistan is an agricultural country and both have good scope to complement each other in this area with technology transfer and sharing of expertise.
Zafar Bakhtawari said Pakistan has been striving since long to promote trade relations with MERCUSOR (Economic block comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Chile and Bolivia) and had signed MERCUSOR Framework Agreement on trade in 2006, but still our trade with this region is just meager. He urged that Uruguay should cooperate with Pakistan in its efforts for getting enhanced market access to MERCUSOR. 
Senator Enver Baig, Honorary Council General of The Republic of Uruguay in Pakistan underscored the need of exchanging trade delegations, organizing single country exhibitions and enhancing connectivity between Chambers of Commerce to improve bilateral trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Uruguay.

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