As Thailand considers Pakistan an important country for strengthening economic cooperation as both countries has great potential to offer a lot to each other. A delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by its president Atif Ikram Sheikh, called on Suchart Leingsaengthong, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, and discussed various options for further enhancing trade relations between the two countries.
The current volume of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Thailand is around 1 billion dollars and there existed good scope to increase it to $ 2 billion by improving connectivity between their private sectors.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan and Thailand were making efforts to sign a free trade agreement and hoped that FTA would be finalized by the end of 2016. The conclusion of FTA would not only boost trade but help in strengthening ties between the two countries.
He said that given the size of Pakistanâ€™s economy, Thailand considered it a promising country for business relations and assured that his Embassy would facilitate businessmen in improving trade volume between the two countires.
He further added that Pakistani textiles were very popular in Thailand and it wanted to increase import of textiles products from Pakistan.
Speaking at the occasion, Atif Ikram Sheikh, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry stressed upon the need of strong linkages between the private sectors of both countries to increase trade volume.
The exchange trade delegations and holding single country exhibitions on reciprocal basis was the best way for promoting bilateral trade between Pakistan and Thailand. As many Pakistani products including textiles, readymade garments, leather products and many others could find good market in Thailand and it should focus on importing these products from Pakistan. Also the Thai investors should invest in Pakistanâ€™s various sectors.
He also stressed that governments of both countries should work together to provide leading role to private sectors for improving bilateral trade and assured that ICCI would like to work with Embassy of Thailand for bringing both countries even closer in trade and economic relations.
The close cooperation between Pakistan and Thailand would be a win-win situation for both countries as they could facilitate each other in getting better market access in their respective regions. Apart from this Pakistan could facilitate Thailand in promoting trade with South and Central Asian countries whereas Thailand could help Pakistan in accessing to the ASEAN region.
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