RAWALPINDI - Australia on Monday offered support to Pakistan to help re-strengthen vital sectors including energy, formal education, vocational training and agriculture. The offer was formally offered by the Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Peter Heyward during a meeting with President RCCI Dr Shimail Daud Arain, held at the chamber office. Heyward said Australia was ready to extend all support to Pakistan in enhancing bilateral trade besides assisting it to overcome the challenges in the energy sector. He pointed out that students from Pakistan were given importance in development sector by offering them annual scholarships.

He said that Pakistani products enjoy popularity in Australia which include, rice, mangos, wool, textile and furniture. “But there is still need to enhance mango, kinnow and vegetables exports to Australia”, he added.

Highlighting the need for enhancing cooperation in the trade sector, the Australian envoy said that trade communities of both the countries should enhance their direct mutual cooperation. “For achieving this goal the Australian High Commission in Pakistan would play an active role,” he said.

He was of the view that at present the volume of bilateral trade at meager level of Australian $811 million. He hinted that there were ample opportunities existing to enhance bilateral trade by exploring new vistas especially in the non-conventional trade sector.

He said there should be frequent exchanges of trade visits. RCCI president welcomed the High Commissioner saying that Pakistan being a country of over 180 million population could prove to be a trade hub for foreign investment. He reciprocated that Pakistan business community would extend all cooperation to investors from Australia. Senior Vice President RCCI Malik Shahid Salim, former president and other office bearers of the chamber were also present in the meeting.