ISLAMABAD - Pakistani exporters should focus on promoting exports of IT and marble products to further improve bilateral trade volume with Spain .

Commercial Counsellor and Head of Economic & Commercial Wing, Embassy of Pakistan in Spain , Dr Muhammad Hamid Ali said while exchanging views with local business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Tuesday. The commercial counsellor said that Spain was located at a strategic location in Europe and Pakistan should develop close cooperation with it to get better access to the European market.

He said a Mobile World Congress would be held in Barcelona, Spain from February 26 to March 1, 2018 and urged that Pakistani business community of relevant sector should take active participation in this event to explore new business opportunities. He said ICCI should plan a sector-specific delegation focusing on two or three sectors to hold productive and result-oriented meetings with Spanish counterparts and assured that Pakistan Embassy in Spain would extend all possible cooperation to make its visit successful.

Speaking at the occasion, ICCI President Sheikh Amir Waheed highlighted that Pakistan and Spain enjoyed cordial political relations that should be transformed into growing trade and economic relations. He said that Pakistan Embassy in Spain should identify opportunities for Pakistani products in Spanish market and share such information with local chambers of commerce so that businessmen could take measures to exploit unrealised business opportunities with Spain .

He said Pakistani foreign missions should facilitate the business community in making connectivity with right counterparts that would help in promoting Pakistan’s trade and exports with foreign countries. He said ICCI would consider taking a business delegation to Spain .

ICCI Senior Vice President Muhammad Naveed said that Pakistan and Spain have good potential to enhance cooperation between their SMEs and emphasized that Pakistan Embassy in Spain should cooperate with ICCI in promoting strong cooperation between SME sectors of both countries.

He said law and order situation has greatly improved in Pakistan and Spanish investors should be informed about emerging prospects for joint ventures and investment in CPEC projects and other sectors of Pakistan’s economy.