FAISALABAD - Five-year multiple business visa will be granted to Pakistani businessmen in the near future, said Brazil’s Ambassador to Pakistan Alfredo Leoni during a meeting with the business community here.

The meeting was also attended by office-bearers of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, exporters and industrialists. “Brazil is the 6th largest economy as well as 8th biggest consumer market of the world. We want to boost bilateral trade ties with Pakistan. Brazil intends to help Pakistan produce ethanol fuel and develop health and agriculture sectors,” he said.

The meeting was aimed to promote commercial ties between the two countries and disseminate a clear message that Brazil Embassy will extend all possible support and cooperation to the business community for doing business with Brazil. “Brazil has become a major international player,” he said.

The ambassador mentioned that his country donated 1.2 million dollars to flood victims of Pakistan in 2010. He said that Brazil also promoted strategic relationship with Pakistan. He said that Brazil believes that Pakistan has a huge potential, which needs to be explored.

He stressed to work jointly for the betterment of trade relations. Earlier in his welcome address, FCCI President Muzammil Sultan said that Faisalabad alone has been contributing about 40-50% of the total textile exports of the country during the last many years, adding that there is tremendous trade potential between the two countries.

“Pakistan is facing energy crisis and shortage of water resources. We hope that Government of Brazil will start joint-ventures with Pakistan in power generation and water conservation projects.

Brazil is Pakistan’s important trading partner but still bilateral trade volume is far below the potential and there is a wider scope of cooperation to enhance the bilateral trade.  In fiscal year 2010 bilateral trade stood at US $ 439.381 million in favour of Brazil. 

Brazil exported US$ 299.227 million worth goods to our country while Pakistan’s exports stood at US$ 70.077million,” the FCCI president said.

“There are vast prospects of expansion of bilateral trade including joint venture and transfer of technology from Brazil. On the wish of Brazilian Ambassador FCCI will send trade delegation in near future to meet the Brazilian Counterparts,” he added.

During question answer session, former FCCI President Khawaja Asem Khurshed, Asghar Ali, Chairman FCCI Standing Committee on Trade & Delegation Jameel Ahmad, Zeeshan Omer, Haleem Akhtar Malik, Talat Mahood and Eng Rizwan Ashraf also highlighted issues before the Ambassador.  At the end of the meeting, FCCI Vice President Rehan Naseem Bharara thanked the envoy and the FCCI president presented FCCI Memento to the ambassador.

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