Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada in Islamabad Denis Chouinard has assured local business community that all-out technical assistance and full support will be extended to it for easy access to Canadian markets.

Addressing the members of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) here on Thursday, Mr Chouinard pledged to make all out efforts to boost mutual trade, saying that the time was ripe to strengthen further the economic relations. The Canadian Trade Commissioner shared with the member of MCCI the methodology to increase the volume of two-way trade and bilateral investment.

He said that Canada is desirous of increasing its bilateral trade and investment as there are a number of sectors where huge potential for cooperation exists. He said that Energy and Agriculture are the two areas in which cooperation could lead to a win-win situation for the two countries.

He said that the High Commission would continue to assist business people and organizations seeking to strengthen Canada-Pakistan economic relations and commercial ties; and to Pakistanis and Canadians interested in expanding cooperation in a wide range of fields.

He pointed out that Pakistan was among Canada’s top ten sources of immigrants, with more than 6214 permanent resident visas issued last year. Nearly 12,000 temporary resident and student visas were also issued that same year. He said that about 300,000 Pakistanis lived in Canada and Pakistani community contributed a lot to the progress and prosperity of Canada.

President of MCCI Khawaja Muhammad Usman and others also spoke on this occasion.