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Belarusian envoy emphasises trade ties

RAWALPINDI: In a bid to enhance ties with Pakistan, Belarusian Ambassador Andrei Ermolovich has stated that more effort needs to be made to carry out joint ventures in agriculture, pharmaceutical, oil and gas sectors.
The envoy was visiting premises of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Tuesday where he stressed on comprehensive economic relations.
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“There is a huge untapped potential in industrial, agricultural, textile, pharmaceutical and other sectors and the two countries can benefit from it,” Ermolovich said. He said Belarus’ Minister for Industries along with a 20-member trade delegation will visit Pakistan next month. The delegation will also visit the RCCI on May 18, he added.
“The prime objective of this visit was to hold business-to-business meetings.”
Ermolovich also highlighted the importance of exchanging trade delegations and said the business community of Pakistan should actively participate in trade exhibitions and fairs being organised in Belarus.
He appreciated the role of RCCI in promoting business activities in the region.
RCCI President Raja Amer Iqbal in his welcome address said the country’s economy offered great potential to Belarusian investors for joint ventures and investment.
“Belarus investors should focus on energy, information technology, agriculture, pharmaceutical, marble, gem and other sectors in Pakistan to reap lucrative returns.”
Belarus can serve as a gateway for Pakistani trades towards Eastern Europe, he added. He assured full cooperation and assistance in organising business-to-business meetings at the chamber premises.
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Iqbal also gave a brief summary of RCCI current and upcoming events. In the end RCCI President presented a memento to the ambassador.