Islamabad: Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia, Masood Khalid has lauded the role played by the Malaysia-Pakistan Business Council (MPBC) in enhancing bilateral trade relations.
He added the Council formed in March last year was serving as an ideal platform for tapping business opportunities in both countries, says a press release received here Friday from Kuala Lumpur.
After almost 30-month-long stint as head of Pakistan Mission in Malaysia, Masood Khalid whose next posting is to Beijing, said the MPBC had already made a very good start by organizing various activities.
Which included three well-attended cross country business forums, sending business delegations to Pakistan to attend trade exhibitions and conducting business matchmaking sessions for entrepreneurs from both sides.
He said that with the establishment of the council, Malaysian businessmen now had a platform to make further inroads into Pakistan. “We can now talk about economic and social issues and other matters that were not previously discussed by businessmen in both countries.
The council is a vital platform to spearhead more business interactions as well as social and cultural exchanges,” he said in an interview with Malaysia’s state-owned news agency Bernama.
He also lauded the services rendered by MPBC Chairman Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din and announced that in recognition of Datuk’s contribution and role in enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries, the Pakistani government was awarding him a medal of distinction, which will be formally presented to him on Pakistan Day, March 23 next year.
About his reflections on his life in Malaysia, Mr. Masood said he had been overwhelmed by Malaysian hospitality and touched by its people’s warmth and friendliness and was leaving Malaysia with a tinge of nostalgia.
He noted that there were many similarities between the two cultures because of their religious values, history and widespread use of English.
When asked about his new posting, Masood said he was looking forward to it and described the posting to China as an “important assignment for any Pakistani diplomat.”