LAHORE: Senior Canadian Trade Commissioner Nicolas Lepage has said that the government of Canada is committed to help Canadian businessmen find and develop new markets and Pakistan is high on Canada’s list of trade partners.
Nicolas Lepage was talking to LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari. Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah, former vice president Mubashir Sheikh, Executive Committee Members Maqsood Butt, Aslam Chaudhry, Muhammad Afzal and Muhammad Akram and former EC member Rehmatullah Javaid also attended the meeting.
The Canadian diplomat said that Pakistan and Canada could achieve goals in bilateral trade but both the sides would have to work more enthusiastically. He said that Pakistan is a gateway to landlocked Central Asian States and the Pakistan needs to further strengthen its ties with the western world. Moreover, there was a need to establish technical institutions in Pakistan so that more skilled labour could be made available to the world.
Speaking on the occasion, LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that Canada and Pakistan enjoy cordial diplomatic and economic relations. Canada has always supported Pakistan on various policy issues and has been among the leading countries to assist Pakistan in its efforts to acquire sustainable economic growth.
The LCCI president said that present government is trying hard to deal with energy crisis and to improve security or law & order situation. These factors are playing major role in drying up Foreign Direct Investment in Pakistan which has almost hit the bottom.