Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Peter Hyward stressed a need for promoting bilateral ties, saying there are vast opportunities to boost bilateral trade between the two countries.

He was addressing a ceremony held in the Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry auditorium on Wednesday. Australia was ahead of many countries in respect to agricultural production and making efforts for Pakistani agriculture sector’s development by working with the Pakistani Agricultural Department, he said.

He said that Cotton Research Institutions should be established in Pakistan especially in cotton production areas for improving the cotton production and on these institutes Australia is working. He expressed his desire that Australia wanted to establish relationship with Pakistan in various fields as the former has relations with China.

He said that for economic development, Pakistan should produce more and more value-added products. About higher education and technology, he said that the Pakistani nation is full of wit and hardworking and if these departments are given attention, Pakistan can stand in line with Korea and Japan in technology. He added that Australia is offering technical and vocational scholarships in Pakistan.

On energy crisis, he said that there was a severe energy crisis in Pakistan while the Australian government was working in coordination with Pakistan to produce energy in Pakistan.