TOKYO (APP) - Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Tashihiro NIKAI called on President Asif Ali Zardari here on Thursday and discussed matters of bilateral interest.
The Japanese Minister told the Pakistani leader that the Japanese government will facilitate the import of mangoes from Pakistan by the private sector, and a delegation of mango experts will visit Pakistan soon to remove all hurdles in this respect.
President Zardari said Pakistan will establish a special economic zone for the Japanese companies and investors in Karachi on an area covering 2500 acres of land.
Tashihiro NIKAI said Japan is satisfied with Pakistans economic strategy and program, as despite the global economic recession the countrys economic prospects look positive and the economy was track of growth.
The President highlighted the need of increased people to people contacts, particularly enhanced enrolment of Pakistani students in Japan, which currently stood at around 200, to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, the two sides also discussed the prospects of increased trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Japan, with particular focus on the promotion of trade and investment ties.
They also exchanged views about the matters relating to the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) ministerial meeting and the donors conference being hosted by Japan here on Friday.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Kamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor on Finance and Economic Affairs Shaukat Tareen and Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik were also present in the meeting.