Pakistan, Italy business co-op should be cemented: Envoy

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese on Sunday said the business communities of Pakistan and Italy needed to be brought closer for enhancing bilateral trade and investment cooperation.
There were vast opportunities for bilateral trade and investment cooperation between Pakistan and Italy from which businessmen and traders of both the countries could reap the benefits, the Ambassador told APP after negotiating with the senior business leaders in Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) here.
The Ambassador urged that Pakistani businessmen and traders should move forward and work together for promoting bilateral trade and economic ties between both the countries. At present, there were ample opportunities for business and investment promotion in both the countries, which required further cooperation, he said.
He said the Italian embassy in Islamabad would make every effort to assist the local business communities and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in this regard.
“Our embassy is ready to negotiate with local investors and businesses, especially the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to facilitate for business visas to the traders” he said.
The Italian envoy said the right businessmen and people certified by the chamber were also ready to provide visa facilitation. He said our government was taking a number of steps to enhance cooperation between the two countries.
At present, business and new economic mission were being opened in all major cities including Karachi.
The new economic mission had been deployed in Pakistan to further promote bilateral trade and economic cooperation in different potential areas, he said.