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Pakistan and Brunei can enhance bilateral trade

High Commissioner of Brunei Dar-us-Salam Abdul Jalil Ahmad has said that the Pakistan and Brunei Darussalam can increase volume of the bilateral trade between the two countries.

While addressing the members of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Saturday night, as part of a delegation from Association of Southasian Nations (Asean), High Commissioner of Brunei said that there is a lot of room to enhance the bilateral trade between two countries.

He said that Pakistani exports including leather, textile products, fruit, vegetables and others to Brunei worth US$ 500 million annually and imports of machinery and other goods from Brunei worth US$ 200,000.

The delegation comprised the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam, Col. (rtd) Jalil Ahmad, ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J Yambao, ambassador of Union of Myanmar Mr. Tin Oo, High Commissioner of Malaysia Mr. Ahmad Shehzan Bin Abdul Samad, Thailand ambassador Mr. Sukho Premnam and Indonesian ambassador Mr. Yuyun Kamhayun.

Leader of the delegation, Malaysian High Commissioner Mr. Ahmad Shehzan Bin Abdul Samad highlighted the need for exchange of trade, industrial, and cultural delegations among the Asean member countries for economic well being of the member nations.

Ambassador of Philippines Mr. Jaime J Yambao, Myanmar ambassador Mr. Tin Oo, acting ambassador of Indonesia Mr. Yuyun Kamhayun also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, vice chairman MCCI, Khawaja Muhammad Ali, who had chaired the meeting, said that Multan was the city of saints and was serving as a gateway for trade to central asian states for centuries. He said that Multan and surrounding districts produce 80 per cent of the total cotton production in the country.

He added that this areas possess enormous room for investment in joint venture projects in leather, textile, and minerals.

Asean delegation members and their wives also visited the shrines of the saints in the city besides craft bazaar and blue pottery institute. They also visited Hussain Agahi Bazaar and purchased garments from there.

They said on the occasion that exchange of delegations of craftsmen from Multan and Asean countries will help craftsmen to learn skills from each other.


Publication date: 12/4/2007


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