Nigerian market has huge potential for Pakistani exporters, textile products, spinning, pharmaceuticals and agricultural machinery, readymade garments traditional and western wear, said newly designated Pakistani Ambassador to Nigeria Lieutenant General Agha M Umer Farooq (Retd) during his recent visit to Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA).
Pakistani businessmen need to avail the opportunities in these areas in general and readymade garments in particular which consisting 50 percent Muslims population.
Pakistan's business community is well aware of the market size of Africa and Nigeria could serve to be the best destination to exploit the potential. He said that Pakistan has a strong agro and industrial base. It has a vast potential to export most the products imported by Nigeria from other countries.
According to Agha, the scope of readymade garments in Nigerian markets is such that garments exporters may easily strong their feet in Nigerian market since they are best in cotton growing but not good in manufacturing, so exporters may take advantage in this respect, besides in spinning.
Regarding customs clearance he informed that he will meet ANF Director General in this regard. Jawed Suleman advised that there is need to adopt "Scanning System" for checking. Agha agreed with him.
He said that frequent exchange of trade delegations, continuous liaison and exchange of information can prove important instruments to strengthen their trade and investment relations. For which he advised to Commerce Minister to formulate trade delegation for Nigeria in couple of months this year. He is talking about facilitation for Nigerian visas with the concerned authorities.
Besides, he informed that he will establish a "Display Centre" in the Nigerian Embassy to facilitate our exporters to create business relationship with Nigerian Counterparts. In this connection Jawed Suleman advised him to secure a portion in Display Centre with the logo of PRGMEA where PRGMEA members may display its products.
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