Pakistan’s Commercial Attaché to UAE Habib Warraich has urged the Sialkot exporters to divert their business activities to United Arab Emirates (UAE) for getting full trade and export-related advantages under the investment-friendly atmosphere there.

He was addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters and business tycoons on Saturday. He said that the exporters had great potential to explore and capture the international trade markets of the UAE by exporting their diversified and non-diversified products including sports goods, surgical instruments, leather and leather products, musical instruments, gloves, hosiery and martial arts uniforms.

He also sought the effective and positive suggestions from Sialkot exporters to develop bilateral trade ties between Pakistan and UAE besides establishing strong business-to-business contacts. He said that effective trade, export and investment friendly policies of Pakistan and UAE could help open new vistas of business and socio-economic development in the region.

He also stressed a need for promoting business-to-business contacts between Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for facilitating the businessmen.

He said that there was dire need of establishing an international standard display centre of Pakistani products at UAE. He pledged his full cooperation and assistance to Sialkot exporters in this regard.

Warraich said that Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) were evolving effective trade and exports enhancement policies to ensure early increase in the bilateral trade. He added that Pakistani exports to the UAE could be enhanced to USD6 billion by ensuring proper and effective publicity of the Pakistani export products in UAE. He said that the annual imports of UAE were US$ 100 billion and Pakistan had the share of only 3 percent in UAE imports. He said that Indian exporters were sharing 80 percent in total exports to UAE.

MNA Armughan Subhani, MPA Arshad Javaid, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) Central Chairman Ejaz A Khokhar, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Fazal Jillani, DCCI’s Board of Directors (BoD) Member Shah Zaman Khan, Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar and Kh Muhammad Safdar Medical College Sialkot (KMSMDS) Principal Dr Zafar Ali Chaudhry also attended the meeting.