SIALKOT-Forty diplomats from 35 different countries visited the industrial units in Sialkot during the final day of their two-day visit to the industrial hub.

Meanwhile, the district coordination officer (DCO) briefed the foreign diplomats about the hostilities of Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on Sialkot border villages targeting the civilian population along the Sialkot Working Boundary. The foreign diplomats also called on District Coordination Officer (DCO) Asif Tufail at his office. The DCO also gave a detailed briefing to the foreign diplomats about the socio-economical, human development and geographical boundaries of Sialkot.

Pakistan Foreign Service Academy Islamabad Director Sajjad Haider Khan led the delegation of the foreign diplomats. The visiting diplomats came from China, Afghanistan, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mynanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

They witnessed the process of manufacturing and production of the sports goods and surgical instruments. They also witnessed the craftsmanship of the Sialkot based artisans and they termed it as international standard and world class craftsmanship as well. Talking to leading exporters, the diplomats also pledged to promote the “soft image” of Pakistan in their respective countries.

The diplomats also discussed the matters of mutual interest with Sialkot exporters. They highly hailed the unique export culture of Sialkot. They also highly appreciated the Sialkot exporters for establishing several mega projects including Sialkot international airport, Sialkot Dry Port Trust, Sialkot Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Sports Industries Development Centre and now even their own private airline on self-help basis.

They were of the view that the Sialkot exporters have set the unique examples of self-help, advising the others to replicate these examples.

Earlier, the Sialkot based leading exporter Khawaja Masud Akhtar said that the international trade markets could have enormous demand for the items produced in Sialkot-Pakistan. He said, “There is a huge scope for establishing joint ventures and business cooperation between their respective countries and Sialkot-Pakistan-based companies.”

On the occasion, acting SCCI President Adnan Arshad Sethi gave a detailed briefing about the achievements, targets , future goals of the Sialkot exporters and Sialkot’s development on self-help basis by Sialkot exporters.

He told the foreign diplomats that there was a huge scope for establishing joint ventures and business cooperation between their respective countries and Sialkot-Pakistan based companies especially in the field of sports goods, surgical instruments, leather products and information technology. He added that there is an urgent need to strengthen linkages between private sectors of their respective countries with Pakistan for enhancing bilateral trade.

The SCCI acting president narrated that Sialkot has a high degree of exposure to the international economy with entrepreneurs visiting worldwide market, participating in numerous trade fairs abroad and hosting visits of foreign buyers. The exposure to the international environment has led to the realisation that firms have to become more professional in order to compete favorably in the international market.