Pakistan's president: 'mangoes need to be patented'

On Monday 15 August, President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, spoke at a mango festival organised by All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers, and Merchants Association (PFVA). He touched on a number of issues, including patenting mangoes and improving the economy to help tackle terrorism.

Mr Hussain said Pakistani mangoes should be patented so they can be introduced to the world as a brand. European markets should be targeted where Pakistani mangoes could be sold at higher prices and the country's foreign exchange reserves could increase, he added. 

The President underscored that the country's exports should meet international standards so that demand for the Pakistani brand will increase. He said the government had accorded top priority to economic progress and in that regard was taking solid steps to provide a conducive business environment to a business community. He also said the government is also providing financial assistance to import sophisticated machinery to increase agri productions in the country.
He hoped that the exhibition would be useful in introducing Pakistani mango all over the world and urged the organisers to hold such activities in the future both within Pakistan and abroad for marketing Pakistani fruits and vegetables and hence increasing the national income.

The President said the issues of lawlessness and terrorism could not be resolved only through administrative measures and use of power but it required comprehensive measures, including improvement in economy, provision of employment and justice, and a meaningful and uniform education system.

Sources: brecorder.com, radio.gov.pk


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