Consul General of Indonesia Totok Prianamto acknowledged that despite difficult global economic situation due to Covid-19 pandemic economic and business environment in Pakistan is getting better. He was speaking to a gathering of Industrialists at Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) here on Thursday. President of KATI Saleem-uz-Zaman, Head of KATI’s Standing Committee on Diplomatic Affairs Masood Naqi, Senior Vice President Zaki Ahmed Sharif and Vice President Nighat Awan also addressed the meeting.
The CG informed KATI that to improve the bilateral trade with Pakistan, zero tariff facility have been provided for Pakistani products under a trade agreement. The Indonesian envoy said that to promote mutual progress and growth, we are offering zero tariff for 20 items to Pakistan under a deliberation, part of a trade agreement between both countries finalized previous year. He said that due to coronavirus outbreak deliberation on Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Indonesia have been halted, it is expected that discussions on the FTA would continue soon. He also said that business interactions have been directly affected by pandemic, we are expecting that visa issuance would continue soon. President KATI Saleem-uz-Zaman briefed consul general regarding economic significance of Korangi Industrial Area. He said that cordial relations between the two countries is a national asset for us.
He said that in fruit, Palm oil, leather and other traditional exports to Indonesia can be enhanced more while there is need to explore some new arenas for stronger relations between the two countries. Head of KATIs Standing Committee on Diplomatic affairs Masood Naqi said that Pakistan and Indonesia share a deep cultural and social bond however there is need to expend the bilateral trade between brotherly countries. He underscored the need of comprehensive strategy to strengthen trade and business relations and for sharing effective suggestion to meet the task of mutual growth. Consul for economic affairs of Indonesian consulate general Ibnu Sulhan, former chairman of KATI Ehtisham Uddin, Faraz-ur-Rehman, Maheen Salman, Junaid Naqi and other also attended the meeting.