ISLAMABAD  - Ambassador of Romania in Pakistan has said that cooperation between the business communities of both countries should be increased.

He made these remarks during a meeting with Yassar Sakhi Butt, President ICCI. He exchanged views on common interests and agreed to strengthen bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

ION said that there were around 700 Pakistani investors, who were involve in profitable business ventures in Romania, adding that local business community could export their products especially textile, garments, leather articles, sports and surgical instruments to Romania. He informed that the Pakistan Romania-Business Council has provided various linkages for the exchange of business related information between the two countries. The Ambassador proposed that youth of both countries should also be connected as youth delegations could be helpful in identifying more areas of cooperation to move forward.

He said that construction of the monument which was dedicated to national poets of Romania and Pakistan, Mihai Eminescu and Allama Iqbal has brought a new bond of friendship and enhanced cultural relations between Romania and Pakistan.

Butt said the annual bilateral trade between Romania and Pakistan was very low and underlined the need to improve it.  He said that organizing of joint cultural shows and frequent exchange of business delegations are the options which could be used to exploit bilateral trade potential in both countries.

Yassar Sakhi Butt said Pakistani products including rice, sports goods, surgical instruments, pharmaceutical, leather & textile products could be exported to Romania and proposed that Romanian businessmen should look into the opportunities to develop business relation in the identified areas.

ICCI President said that the business communities of Pakistan and Romania have to play a vital role for promotion of bilateral trade and their greater mutual interaction is needed to achieve the ultimate objectives.