Islamabad, September 09, 2015 (PPI-OT):The Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi participated in the 84th Izmir International Fair held in Turkey on the 28th August to 2nd September, 2015 on the invitation of H.E.S Babur Girgin, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Pakistan. The aim of the visit was to strengthen trade relations between Pakistan and Turkey by meeting with several key members of the Aegean Region Chamber of Industries (EBSO), Aegean Exporters’ Association (AEA), Izmir Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and most importantly, the Minister of Economy Mr. Nihat Zeybekci.
The Turkish Ministry of Economy coordinated several meetings with the above mentioned groups and also arranged tours of their facilities for the Pakistani Minister. The Pakistani Minister for Industries and Production said that the Fair will provide several opportunities for bilateral trade and technological exchange in various avenues of the Pakistani economy and industries. In meetings with EBSO and AEA, the members agreed that Pakistani imports from all sectors of industry should also be increased in the city of Izmir.
The Minister for Industries and Production stressed on the need for duties to be reduced for export of Pakistani apparel and garments to Turkey as currently the local industries in Turkey are substantially protected. The Minister suggested special concessions could be given to Pakistan by the Turkish government in this respect.
The Minister specially extended invitations to auto part companies to send their delegations to visit Pakistan, specifically Karachi, to assess potential trade avenues and bilateral opportunities. Currently, the Minister for Industries and Production is still in Turkey to meet with various business men and members of industry so that ties between Pakistan and Turkey can be strengthened further.
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