By Shabbir Hussain
ISLAMABAD, Nov 20 (Diplomatic Star):Governor Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori to lead a delegation of Pakistani businessmen who was likely to fly to Ethiopia Airlines which will commence its flight to Karachi by the end of this year.
The consensus between Kamran Tessori and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary H.E Jemal Beker Abdula was reached during a meeting held here at the Governor’s House.
Both dignitaries discussed opportunities offered by both countries to each other in diverse sectors of the economy such as agriculture, health care, textile, manufacturing, mining, and information technology.
The ambassador said the delegation would be inclusive and would have representation from all the sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, surgery equipment, textile, agriculture, and others.
Grateful to Governor Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori for his interest in cementing 🇪🇹🇵🇰 ties. We both agreed that he will be leading 🇵🇰businessmen delegation to 🇪🇹 in maiden flight of Ethiopian Airlines likely to start operations from Karachi either by end of 2022 or at start of 2023 pic.twitter.com/4N28O66bUH
— Ambassador Jemal Beker (@JemalBeker1) November 20, 2022
He said his government had opened the economy and there were a lot of opportunities for Pakistani investors to cash in.
“We are producing the best coffee and tea in the world which can be exported to Pakistan at affordable rates,” he remarked. He said Pakistan could also import chickpeas, oil seeds, and wheat as well.
Likewise, he said Pakistani businessmen could sell pharmaceuticals, rice, textiles, construction, and healthcare-related materials to the Ethiopian market.
” We opened the financial sector some three months ago for foreign investment and going to launch the first-ever stock exchange to encourage foreign direct investment,” the envoy noted.
He said his government had announced multiple incentives for foreign investors as well as set up a one-window facility to facilitate the investors and create ease of doing business in Ethiopia.
He said Ethiopia was set to become a manufacturing hub of Africa as it produced the cheapest energy close to 96.4 percent from hydro and geothermal sources.
“We are exporting energy to Kenya, Djibouti, and Sudan and efforts are afoot to sell the electricity to many countries and integrate through energy grid” he added.
He noted that currently, the trade volume between the two countries was minimal which could be boosted by establishing institutional linkages, business-to-business contacts, and people-to-people ties.
To this end, he said the visit of the Pakistani businessmen delegation would play a critical role in taking the bilateral relation particularly trade to the next level.
Governor Sindh thanked H. E. Jemal Beker for taking a keen interest in boosting bilateral trade between the two countries. He further said this delegation is a part of the ‘Look Africa Initiative’ that gave top priority to Ethiopia.
The business trade delegation is going to be held in Ethiopia between 16-20 January 2023. To this end, the Embassy will notify the detailed programs and share them with the concerned authorities.