Champagne agrees to resolve trade issues
By Staff ReporterWednesday - February 14, 2018
According to an official statement, on Tuesday, Malik informed his Canadian counterparts that as per the world trade organisation (WTO) Pakistan is looking for level playing field, for export of its goods to Canadian market and issues like travel advisory for visit to Pakistan and visa restrictions for Pakistani businessmen are hampering effective bilateral trade.
He urged for immediate removal of these irritants in order to enhance bilateral trade volume.
Malik added that Pakistan’s investment policy, characterised by liberalisation, de-regulation and privatisation, is one of the most liberal in the region and provides a conducive environment for attracting the foreign direct investments (FDIs).
He highlighted manifold increase in FDI in energy and infrastructure projects under China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) and international investments in automobile, telecom, manufacturing and tourism industry in Pakistan.
Malik underlined that Pakistan meets the priority of Canada’s foreign trade in consumer products, industrial machinery, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, clean technologies, agriculture and education sectors.
He said that with over 200 million consumer market and large booming middle class, Pakistan is a promising market for Canadian goods, services and investment.
In his remarks, Champagne expressed his gratitude to Malik for accepting the invitation to hold the trade dialogue in Ottawa. He said that Canada would like to increase the trade volume between the two countries and all practical steps will be taken to enhance cooperation in the areas of mutual interest.
He added that Canada also seeks to enhance relations with emerging economies and partners in Asia and Pakistan certainly provides opportunity for Canadian investors to benefit from increasing demand of consumer goods and services.
Champagne briefed Malik about steps being taken to ease visa processing for Pakistani businessmen, students and tourists. He said that Pakistan has great potential and Canada would like to ease and facilitate visa processing for all categories in order to increase people to people ties.
Both the sides agreed to hold high powered joint working group meeting in Islamabad during March 2018 to remove the hurdles in enhancing bilateral trade and to engage meaningfully to develop partnership in economic, trade, agriculture and investment sectors.