Rawalpindi: (Staff Reporter)The High Commissioner designate to Singapore Rukhsana Afzaal paid a visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here on Tuesday. While talking to the President RCCI Malik Shahid Saleem, the designate high commissioner urged business community to join hands in exploring new avenues of trade among members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mainly Singapore. There is a need to revitalize our trade relations with Singapore and there are immense potential in different sectors, including gems and jewelry, Halal foods, Rice, Mangoes, textile, handicrafts and services sector.
She said we are working on addressing key issues, direct flights, visas regime and tariff barriers. The private sector will be given full support in organizing business opportunity conference and exchange of delegation, she added.
Rukhsana Afzaal pointed out that a pragmatic approach is required from chamber of commerce and her office is ready to provide all kind of assistance and cooperation for boosting bilateral trade ties between the two countries. She also assured full cooperation in RCCI upcoming gems and jewelry conference and said that HC will invite Singapore companies to be a part of this three days exhibition.
RCCI President Malik Shahid Saleem said that Singapore was a small country compared to Pakistan, still it was one of the strong economies of the world. Interaction between business communities of the two countries could greatly help Pakistan learn from the experience of Singapore.
Singapore could be rated the best model country for entire Asia as it was a highly developed and successful free-market economy, said Malik Shahid.
Although bilateral trade stands below $1 billion, however, both countries have great potential to double and triple the trade volume over the next five to 10 years,” the RCCI chief stressed.
He also gave a short summary of RCCI current and upcoming events.