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Businessmen asked to focus on Africa for of Trade and Export April 13, 2015
Meeting at ICCI
 
Lt. Gen. ® Agha M. Umer Farooq, Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Nigeria has stressed upon the business community to focus on Africa as it offered immense potential for promoting trade and exports. He was interacting with businessmen at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
He said that despite being a high risk country, Nigeria possessed vast scope for Pakistani entrepreneurs to make investment, especially in agriculture, fertilizer, beverages, tractors, motorcycles, rikshaw manufacturing iron ore and other sectors and export their products to huge market of African region.
 
He said Africa was emerging as a future food basket of the world and it was right time that Pakistani investors should explore investment opportunities in agriculture sector of Nigeria. He said Pakistani teachers and doctors have earned great goodwill in Nigeria that should be en-cashed for promoting trade and economic relations. He said Pakistan should establish warehouses in Nigeria and private sector should consider financing such facilities. He said Nigeria was in the process of privatizing its 11 banks and Pakistani banks should explore possibilities of purchasing banks in Nigeria that will help in improving bilateral trade as well. He assured that he would try to extend all possible facilitation to Pakistani entrepreneurs during their exploration visits to Nigeria.
 
Speaking at the occasion, Muzzamil Hussain Sabri, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Pakistani missions abroad should become more proactive in identifying market potential for Pakistani products on host countries. He said they should do marketing of local products in foreign countries that would help in promoting Pakistani trade and exports with outside world.
 
He said Pakistani missions abroad should extend maximum support and facilitation to business delegations for exploring business matchmakings in foreign countries. He stressed that Pakistan Embassy in Nigeria should support in organizing single country exhibition of Pakistani products in order to showcase quality of our products and get better penetration in Nigerian market.