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Mauritius keen to promote bilateral trade


ISLAMABAD - Mauritius Acting High Commissioner Mervin Nadrajen Chedumbarum said on Friday that his country was keen to promote bilateral trade with Pakistan as both countries have good potential to do business in many areas.

Mervin said Mauritius was a stepping stone for Pakistan to enter into the markets of Southern and Eastern Africa and Pakistan should further strengthen its cooperation with Mauritius to get better access to African markets. Mauritius is importing many products from India and China while Pakistan could promote its exports to his country by ensuring high quality of its products, he said during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).
He said Mauritius was an attractive destination for tourism as 1.5 million tourists visited this country and added that Pakistani investors have good potential to invest in hotel industry in Mauritius to achieve lucrative outcomes. He said both countries could also increase cooperation in tourism sector to achieve mutually beneficial results. He assured that he would facilitate Pakistani private sector for further enhancing bilateral trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Mauritius.
On the occasion, ICCI President Khalid Iqbal Malik said that Pakistan and Mauritius had signed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) in 2007 for providing concessions to many products of each other; however, the bilateral trade between the two countries was still far less than their actual potential. He stressed that both countries must cooperate with private sectors to explore new avenues of improving trade volume.
He said many Pakistani products including meat, fruits, food, textiles products and others could find good market in Mauritius at competitive prices and urged that Mauritius should focus on enhancing its imports from Pakistan.  He said both countries should make efforts to establish direct air links that would help in improving people-to-people contacts and bilateral trade.
Source: The Nation