rawalpindi - Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), while acknowledging the meritorious services of outgoing ambassadors, hosted a farewell in which newly appointed envoys of different countries also participated.

The prominent among the outgoing ambassadors were Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Argentine Ambassador Rodolfo J Martin-Saravia, who served 12 years in Pakistan, and High Commissioner of Bangladesh Suhrab Hossain who spent 6 years in Islamabad, informed chamber’s spokesman yesterday. Those who attended the reception/farewell ceremony included the UAE Ambassador Essa Abdullah Albasha Al Noaimi, Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, Thai Ambassador Suchart Liengsaengthong, Swedish Ambassador Tomas Rosander, Polish Ambassador Piotr Opalinski, Korean Ambassador Song Jong-hwan and Ambassador of Ukraine Volodymyr Lakomov.

President RCCI Mian Humayun Parvez in his welcome address said that Pakistan has always endeavoured to promote friendly relations with all countries of the world on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation. Pakistan is heading towards stability and tranquillity as the security situation in the country has improved, he added. The president RCCI expressed hope that outgoing ambassadors would show the friendly and positive image of Pakistan and encourage their countrymen to increase investment in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan economy has been ranked as one of the fast moving economies by international financial institutes.

Addressing on the occasion, the outgoing Ambassador of Argentine termed his 12 years stay at Pakistan as the golden period of his life. He said that it was very hard for him to say goodbye to the people of Pakistan who had shown great hospitality and generosity to him. He termed chambers as the excellent tool to develop trade relations between countries and said that the way the relations have developed between Pakistan and Argentine is ideal. The exchange of trade delegations between the two countries was commendable, he added.

The Ambassador of Bangladesh in his address said that Pakistan and Bangladesh enjoy brotherly relations and with the passage of time these relations are further enhanced. Recalling his memories, the Bangladeshi envoy said that he still remembers the RCCI visit to Bangladesh to hold “Made in Pakistan” exhibition during which he accompanied the trade delegation of Rawalpindi chamber.

Swedish Ambassador Tomas Rosander said that there is tremendous scope of investment in telecom/IT sector in Pakistan and his country would like to take benefit from this opportunity. Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost said that being a neighbouring country Pakistan and Iran have several mega projects of mutual importance. Newly appointed Thai Ambassador Suchart Liengsaelgethong said that he has come to Pakistan on a mission to develop closer relations, especially in the field of commerce and trade.

He added that there are several tourism destinations in Pakistan and his country would like to explore them. At the end of the ceremony, the president RCCI presented souvenirs to the outgoing and newly appointed ambassadors.