SIALKOT -Ambassador of Czech Republic to Pakistan Miroslav Krenek has underscored a need for further strengthening trade ties between Czech Republic and Pakistan for enhancing bilateral trade volume.

Addressing the members of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, he said that joint efforts were direly needed at this juncture for promotion and expansion of bilateral trade between the two friendly countries. The Ambassador urged the businessmen engaged with surgical, sports and leather industries to focus attention on exploring the Czech Republic market. He suggested that businessmen engaged with these industries should visit Czech Republic and ascertain the demand of Pakistani products and their visit also helps in developing direct interaction with the business community.

The envoy asked the chamber to constitute a trade delegation for visiting Czech Republic as there are many opportunities for developing direct trade relations between the two countries. He added that trade delegations of Karachi and Islamabad had already visited Czech Republic. The exchange of trade delegations between Czech Republic and Pakistan would definitely pave the way for enhancing the volume of bilateral trade.

In his address of welcome, SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir said that there is immense potential and scope of bolstering the trading relationship between the countries. The existing bilateral trade level is quite depressing and both the countries need to boost economic ties for which public and private sectors have to strengthen and enhance cooperation and relationship, he said.

The SCCI president further said that in order to promote bilateral trade and strengthen economic links the two sides need to intensify contacts between businessmen and chambers of commerce. The frequent exchange of visits by business delegations, single country exhibitions and joint ventures may also be considered, said Dr Sarfraz.

Earlier, the ambassador also visited the office the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan and discussed possibilities of enhancing bilateral trade with the members. On the occasion, SIMAP Chairman Fazal Jilani said that Czech Republic is importing surgical instruments worth US 500 million from the world while Pakistan is exporting surgical instruments to Czech Republic worth US 3 million.