ISLAMABAD - To promote business relations, a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) participated in the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) Expo .
ICCI delegation also called on Shahid Kayani, High Commissioner of Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to discuss the possibilities of enhancing bilateral trade between Pakistan and Malaysia .
Speaking on the occasion, Zafar Bakhtawari, president ICCI , said that Pakistan and Malaysia have historic brotherly relations, thus both the countries should further strengthen the mutual trade relations by promoting business relations.
Bakhtawari urged the Pakistani High Commissioner to encourage Malaysian counterparts to visit Pakistan and invest in the fields of their interests as well as stressed that Malaysian people should also visit Pakistan for tourism which would further strengthen the brotherly bonds between the people of both the countries.
He said that Pakistani Embassy in Malaysia should also pursue liberal visa policy so that more people could visit Pakistan.
ICCI President also stressed the need for further cooperation by Malaysian Air Line to make possible for Pakistan to have direct air link which was suspended since last two years, adding that direct air link would further enhance mutual relations between the business communities of both the countries.
He said that volume of trade between Pakistan and Malaysia was quite significant but balance of trade is heavily tilted in favour of Malaysia .
He stressed that there is a dire need to address this imbalance through increasing export of non-traditional Pakistani products to Malaysia .
ICCI President also informed that ICCI has planned to host a meeting of ASEAN Capital Chambers Conference in Islamabad with the aim to promote mutually beneficial relation between Pakistan and ASEAN member states.
Shahid Kayani assured that he would do at his best for promotion of business interest of Pakistani business community. He stressed that more could be done to strengthen the two countries bilateral relationship, particularly in the areas of trade and economic co-operation.
Wajeh Ullah Kundi, Commercial Counsellor, Muhammad Amin, President Pak-Malaysia Business Council, Shehzada Khuram, Vice President Pak-Malaysia Business Council, and Riaz Malik, leading businessman of Pakistan in Malaysia were also present on the occasion.