MULTAN-US Consul General in Lahore Nina Maria Fite has said that the United States is keen to strengthen trade and economic relations with Pakistan, adding that all out measures would be adopted to achieve this goal.Addressing the members of Executive Committee of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) here on Monday, she said that volume of trade between United States and Pakistan had increased to $6 million and US was helping Pakistan in energy sector and taking far-reaching steps to minimise the line losses in power distribution. She asked Pakistani businessmen to avail opportunities available under US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Scheme, adding that a plenty of opportunities were available in American markets for Pakistani businessmen. She appreciated continuity of the democratic process in Pakistan and hoped that the new government would work on economic challenges more enthusiastically.She claimed that her country extended support to Pakistan in a number of areas to overcome the energy crisis. "Besides offering support for replacing outdated equipment, we're working together on hydro electric projects while we're also working with the Wapda and distribution companies to improve their performance," she cited examples."We're here to help you out, to offer technical assistance to you. But ultimately Pakistan itself has to find the answers to all questions being faced by it. Neither USA nor Europeans can answer them," she added.Responding to a demand regarding giving Pakistani products access to American markets, she suggested to the businessmen to explore two enormous markets-India and China-located just along their borders. She told the members of Multan Chamber that the US wanted to expand the gamut of bilateral trade and therefore she had come down to Multan. She assured the local businessmen that she would bring colleagues from foreign commercial service of US Embassy Islamabad in her next visit to Multan with a view to pairing local businesses with the American ones. She said that all possibilities for forging business ties between USA and Pakistan like exchange of business delegations and trade fairs would be discussed.The Consul General also chaired English Access Programme's first anniversary celebrations besides visiting the shrine of Shah Shamas.