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BTI to hold conference on CPEC next month

BTI to hold conference on CPEC next month

ISLAMABAD: The Bridging Trade International (BTI) will organize an International Investment Conference in Porto, Portugal from October 12 to 15 with an aim to promote investment in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The International investment conference is going to be organized in context of CPEC for promoting  and bringing foreign investment especially from European Union(EU) countries.

The conference titled “Bridging Trade and Investment Conference 2017” is being organized in collaboration with Business Association of Portugal and other global partners including Board of Investment (BOI), Known business leader and Chief organizer of conference Wasim Khokhar told APP here on Thursday.

“We are committed to bring foreign investment for CPEC for exploring new markets in EU countries,” he said adding the main objective of conference is to enhance the level of foreign investment, concentrating specifically on the fields of infrastructure, software development, electronics, engineering, agro-food, value-added textile, tourism and construction industries.

Wasim Khokhar said that in first phase BIT would organize conference in Portugal and the second phase would consist of a series of conferences in different EU countries for promoting and attracting foreign investment in Pakistan.

This event will illuminate how business leaders from a diverse group of companies select locations for investment and market development and link businesses, researchers and investments on both sides for enabling communities to identify potential organizations to partner with advance regional cluster initiatives, he added.  He said that main objectives of the conference is to introduce the foreign investors regarding facilitation and policies on CPEC besides opportunities  on CPEC for industries and SMEs, total industrial zones, Gwadar port  and Gwadar Airport.

Replying to question, he said the event also aimed at reviewing activities related to connection of stakeholders within the region to assess the possibilities for future businesses.

The motto of this conference will bring stakeholder together which undoubtedly will lead to greater benefits for Pakistan, he said.

He elaborated that BTI is an investment forum that has been established keeping the vision of promoting Pakistan and its products and industry around the globe. BTI has its head Office in Central Europe, Warsaw Capital of Poland to cover the European markets, also having presence in China and recently open their new branch office in Brazil.

He said that Pakistan’s geographical location exists on one of the most important trade routes of the world and this area has traditionally been a centre for exchange of cultures and commerce of South, South East, West and Central Asia.

The country have important geo strategic location which shares borders with China , Iran ,Afghanistan ,India, while the Arabian Sea to the South offers a vast coastline for maritime trade, he added.  He said that country with a population of approximately 140 million, Pakistan also has easy access to the markets of Iran, Afghanistan, the Central Asian Republics and the Middle East.With the fast developing communication infrastructure in the country, Pakistan is well placed as a transit route for East-West trade in this era of increasing globalization.