District: (Nigerian HC for strong trade links between the businessmen of Nigeria and Sialkot-Pakistan)

SIALKOT: High Commissioner of Nigeria in Pakistan Mr. Dauda Danladi has stressed upon the need to establish strong trade links between the businessmen of Nigeria and Sialkot-Pakistan for further strengthening the mutual trade ties between Pakistan and Nigeria, saying that the time was ripe for both of the countries to take advantages of the two-way trade between the two brotherly countries.

He stated this while discussing in detail the matters of mutual interest with Sialkot exporters during an important meeting held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Wednesday. SCCI President Fazal Jillani and SVP Mir Alamgir Meyer were also present on this occasion.

Nigerian High Commissioner said that there were bright opportunities of setting up joint ventures with Sialkot-Pakistan business community in different trade fields, as the several Nigerian companies were showing keen interest, in this regard.

He said that the Nigeria was keen to establish the some direct trade links between the chambers of commerce and industries of Pakistan and Nigeria , besides, making all out sincere efforts to boost mutual trade ties between Pakistan and Nigeria , saying that the time was ripe to further strengthen these mutual trade ties between the two countries.

Nigerian HC pledged full support and cooperation to ensure the easy access of Sialkot business community to international trade markets of Nigeria. He agreed with SCCI proposal regarding the regular exchange of updated trade information and mutual trade delegations to enhance the trade between the two countries.

He invited the Sialkot-Pakistan business community to divert their business activities to Nigeria. Mr. Dauda Danladi urged the Sialkot businessmen to organize the trade fairs and industrial exhibitions in Nigeria , besides, investing in Nigeria by enjoying the business and investment friendly policies of Nigeria, saying that Nigeria has a very liberal investment policy for the foreign investors, in this regard.

The High Commissioner said that the Nigerian economy was getting strengthened day by day due to some effective and positive trade and export policies of Nigeria. On this occasion, the SCCI President Fazal Jillani said that there was a dire need of developing joint strategy , saying that despite having wealth of resources.

He added that it was the high time that both Pakistan and Nigeria should come up fast to tighten our hands to consolidate further trade relations, mutual growth and development prospects. There was an ample scope for expansion of bilateral trade. Both of these countries should import from each other rather than buying from distant countries. They added that in order to enhance bilateral trade both countries require strong commercial shipping links with minimum shipping charges, which presently are rather weak.

For improving bilateral trade, SCCI President Fazal Jillani suggested that exchange of trade delegations and one-to-one meetings of businessmen of both sides may be arranged. This would require both sides to ensure a simple visa process to enable the businessmen to meet each other as and when needed. Sialkot is a unique city enriched with its historical background and strong industrial base.

It is one of the most important economic centres, recognized as the only export oriented city of the country. With the gradual growth of exports, the industrialists decided to setup a platform for facilitation in business activities and other relating matters, he added.

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