ISLAMABAD - President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zafar Bakhtawari hosted the customary farewell dinner in honour of outgoing High Commissioner of Maldives, Dr. Aishath Shehnaz Adam who has left for her homeland after completing four year of committed services in Pakistan.

This reception was graced by more than forty Ambassadors, Foreign Diplomats and prominent business community leaders of the capital.  Speaking on the occasion, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry not only lauded the High Commissioner’s role for improving Pak-Maldives trade and economic relations but also praised her charming personality, friendly relations as prominent educationist and reputed mathematician of her country.  He termed her as a dynamic and sincere diplomat who played a positive role in bringing two countries closer to each other.

Zafar Bakhtawari, appreciated role of Maldivian High Commissioner in strengthening relations and improving people to people contacts among both the nations and hoped that she would continue to work for further promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.

The ICCI President said both countries could reap benefits by increasing bilateral cooperation in tourism as it is the main industry of Maldives’ economy and about 700,000 visitors annually visit islands of the country.

Pakistan should improve its tourism industry as it isthe home of a diverse number of tourist attractions which include very beautiful landscapes, ancient civilizations like Indus Valley and Gandhara civilization as well as Buddha sculptures. Bakhtawari said frequent exchange of business delegations and establishing B2B contacts are the options which should be used to exploit untapped area of trade and investment potential in both countries.  He further said Pakistan and Maldives should utilize SAARC as a regional building bloc for increased Regional Corporation.

On his concluding remarks, he remarked that she was the one who made her first and last official engagement with business community of Islamabad which shows of her great interest in improving bilateral trade and economic relations. The ICCI President hoped that she would continue her visits to

Pakistan and remain in touch in forging economic relation. Dr. Aishath Shehnaz Adam thanked ICCI President for hosting the farewell reception in her honour and for being supportive whenever she needed advice and guidance.

She said four years ago she came to Pakistan as a novice but with the support guidance and encouragement of all her colleagues she greatly enjoyed her tenure.

The Maldivian High Commissioner told that Islam came to Maldives through subcontinent during 1147 AD, adding that our region, concept and vision are very common. She said that she received an overwhelming warmth and friendship and she felt very much at home in Pakistan.

Dr. Adam assured that she will keep on working to improve the bilateral trade and economic relations between both countries and taking back very good memories along with her.

She concluded by thanking sense of solidarity, support and goodwill received from people and government of Pakistan which was source of encouragement for her.