Pak-Iran capable to cater to each other’s needs


The Iranian Consul General, Muhammad Hussain Bani Assadi, said that Pakistan and Iran have the potential to cater to each other’s needs provided the business community in the two countries has the exposure to the available opportunities.
Assadi was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday. The LCCI Presdietn, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President, Kashif Younis Meher, and Vice President, Saeeda Nazar, also spoke on the occasion.
The Iranian Consul General said that the business community in the two countries would have to increase interaction to share their experiences in the larger interests of the people of two brotherly nations who have a lot of commonalities. He said that the volume of mutual trade between Pakistan and Iran did not match the level of their brotherly relations.
He said that both the countries and their respective trade bodies would have to focus on expansion of trade by holding single country exhibitions or through trade delegations to each other’s countries. He said that it was the duty of the chambers of commerce both in Iran and Pakistan to ensure dissemination of sector-specific and trade-related information. He said that both the countries should also share their experiences in the filed of science and technology as well. He said that agriculture, tourism sector and metal industry of Iran had a lot of opportunities of investment therefore the Pakistani business community should avail this opportunity. Speaking on the occasion, Irfan reassured the Iranian Consul General that the Lahore Chamber will continue to play its role for increasing bilateral trade and economic relations as a huge potential was still untapped in the two countries.
The LCCI President however said that the bilateral trade would get a boost as soon as the gas pipe line project with Pakistan and Iran was completed. He said that Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly Islamic countries. Therefore, maximum efforts are needed to strengthen their relations in all fields. He said both the sides needed to conduct market research to further strengthen trade relations between the two countries. Priority should be given to each other for import of goods rather than buying from distant countries. There is a lot of scope for collaboration in SMEs and mega projects like onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration activities, hydel and coal based energy projects, paper and board, sugar, cement, chemicals, transport and communication, construction of roads in Pakistan, scientific and educational cooperation, handicrafts, artificial jewelry, carpets, fancy furniture etc. Irfan said that Pakistan was basically an agricultural country bestowed with a variety of seasons and agro-based products. But due to the lack of post harvest technology a lot of agriculture produce was wasted. Hence, cooperation in technology from Iran could help Pakistan’s agro-based food processing and dairy industry to improve. Pakistan is one of the leading countries in textile potential and products, which still needs to be properly introduced in the Iranian business houses. Such efforts could also prove vital to equalize our trade balance.