MULTAN : Pakistan is a growing economy and number of dutch companies are operating in the country as they are trying to create a win-win situation for trade between both the countries. First Secretary/Head Economics Affairs, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Robert Dresen said this while talking to representatives of business community of South Punjab at MCCI on Monday. He added that his country has a vibrant and verified economy and  5th largest exporter of goods and 2nd largest exporter of agri produce in the world.
“Number of dutch companies along with dozens of small companies are operating in Pakistan,” he said adding that Pakistan has huge resources and many foreign companies were looking forward to invest in the country.
Mr Robert said that Agriculture was at the top of his list as they produced a lot of agriculture related machinery.
“Agriculture is at the top of my list and we produce a lot of agriculture related machinery.”
The first secretary added that they had a lot of potential for dairy farming, poultry and horticulture.
Replying to a question, he said that they had recently approved a joint venture of fish farming project for DG Khan that would be completed within next three years and would bring new techniques of the farming.
To another question, Mr Robert replied that Netherlands encouraged  only
“knowledge workers” for immigration instead of “low knowledge workers”. Praising the beauty of Multan he said: “I am impressed by seeing the history of the city.”
Acting President Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), Mian Bakhtawar Tanvir Sheikh, in his welcome address said that Pakistan and Netherlands were enjoying cordial relations and the trade ties between them had been developing.
He added that Pakistan had a great potential for exporting its  produce to neighbouring countries as two third of the world’s population lives around it and it was the matter of fixing export standards.
He urged the dutch businessmen to collaborate with them in the sector by joint venture to tap the market.
Main Bakhtawar said that Pakistan was the 4th largest milk producing  country in the world and they may join hands for milk processing plants.
Acting President MCCI said that the weather of our country was ideal for  nursery raising and tissue culture nurseries and if they had joint venture in this connection, it would be useful and profitable for both the countries.
Former president MCCI, Jalal uddin Romi extended the vote of thanks to dignitary for visiting MCCI and exchanging views with business community for enhancing trade ties between Pakistan and Netherlands.