Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani has said that Pakistan is an important trade partner of Saudi Arabia, and his country will enhance imports of various products from Pakistan in future.

Talking to a delegation of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Monday, the Saudi envoy said Pakistani entrepreneurs had tremendous opportunities to promote trade with Saudi Arabia by improving the quality of their products.

The ambassador added the Saudi investors were interested in investment and joint ventures in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy, and identified steel manufacturing and food processing as potential areas for joint ventures between the two countries.

He stressed that both countries should organise single country exhibitions and encourage frequent exchange of trade delegations to explore all unused areas of mutual collaboration.

“The Embassy of Saudi Arabia will facilitate Pakistani businessmen’s visits so that they could explore business opportunities there,” he assured the gathering.

ICCI President Atif Ikram Sheikh, ICCI Senior Vice President Sheikh Pervez Ahmad and Vice President Sheikh Abdul Waheed said on the occasion that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed cordial relations, which should be transformed into growing trade and economic relations.

They said Saudi Arabia had initiated some mega construction projects, and it should consider importing cement, steel, marble and other construction related materials from Pakistan.

The press release, issued on the occasion, said both countries should cooperate in training programmes to enhance the export of skilled manpower from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia.