Tunisia keen to enhance bilateral trade ties with Pakistan: Envoy

Tunisian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Adel Elarbi said on Wednesday that his country wanted
to boost bilateral trade ties with Pakistan.
Addressing a meeting of exporters at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), he said Tunisia would remove all trade barriers from the way of promoting bilateral trade with Pakistan, besides, bridging all the communication gaps.

He said that Pakistan could get better access to the world’s largest markets like Europe, North Africa and Middle East by promoting cooperation with Tunisia while Tunisia could get access to Asia by enhancing cooperation with Pakistan.

The Tunisian Ambassador was hopeful that Pak-Tunisia preferential trade agreement would soon be signed which would help in enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries. He assured that he would try to get some special treatment for Pakistani businessmen in visa cases so that they could easily visit Tunisia to explore business opportunities.

He said that Tunisia was ready to open the new trade vistas with Pakistan by focusing on establishing the strengthened mutual trade ties with Pakistan under the Tunisian General System of Preferences (GSP), which would be helpful to remove all hurdles in the way of promotion of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Tunisia.

The Ambassador said that Tunisia was keen to establish direct trade relations with Pakistan, besides increasing the mutual trade olume in favour of Pakistan. Adel Eiarbi also pledged to make some strenuous efforts to remove
all hurdles in the way of promotion of bilateral trade besides assuring the Sialkot exporters’ easy access of international trade markets of Tunisia and European Union (EU), African and Arab international trade markets through Tunisia.

Speaking on the occasion, SCCI President Zahid Latif Malik said that both countries should encourage frequent exchange of trade delegations and organize single country exhibitions on reciprocal
basis to increase bilateral trade volume.

The SCCI President said that Tunisia and Pakistan were brotherly Islamic countries sharing religious, cultural and socio-political heritage. Both the countries are eager to expand bilateral cooperation in diverse fields to benefit from each other’s expertise and to make progress.
Senior officials of the Tunisian Embassy, SCCI’s SVP Abdul Waheed, Vice President Abid Ahmed Khawaja and Chairman Air SIAL Fazal Jillani were also present on the occasion.


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