KARACHI  - Ambassador of Sweden in Pakistan Tomas Rosader has stressed the need to diversify Pakistani exports to the European Union including Sweden after the grant of GSP Plus status to Pakistan, which has resulted in opening up immense opportunities for Pakistan.

Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber, Swedish Ambassador added that Sweden has always been a strong supporter of Pakistan in European Union’s grant of GSP Plus Status which has become effective since January 1, 2014.

Underscoring the need to further improve trade ties between Pakistan and Sweden, the Ambassador was fairly optimistic that this can be done keeping in view the existing great potential of trade enhancement between the two countries.

Swedish Ambassador pointed out that Karachi is a very well-known city due to its overall economic performance and contribution to the national exchequer. Karachi city holds huge consumer market and a strong middle class which play an important role in the economy, besides encourage businessmen to invest in this region, he added.

Appreciating the role being played by Karachi Chamber towards strengthening relations with Sweden, he said that KCCI’s tireless efforts and the willingness to develop trade ties between Pakistan and Sweden have resulted in furthering business ties between the two countries.

The Swedish Embassy in Pakistan is also doing a similar job by making efforts towards fostering trade relations between the two countries. “We have a very active Consul General in Karachi who is very much focused on promoting trade relations”, he added. Speaking on the occasion, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki appreciated the Swedish government’s support to Pakistan in grant of GSP Plus status by the European Union.

Abdullah requested the Swedish Ambassador to help KCCI in promoting 11th My Karachi Oasis of Harmony Exhibition in Sweden by encouraging the Swedish business community to densely participate in this mega event scheduled to be organized at Karachi Expo Center from June 20th to June 22nd, 2014.