Algeria offers lot of trade, investment opportunities: Brahim Romani

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KARACHI: Ambassador of Algeria Brahim Romani, while underscoring the need for having more trade and investment cooperation between the business communities of Algeria and Pakistan, said that Algeria, being one of the largest countries of the world, offers a lot of trade and investment opportunities, hence, Pakistani investors must explore avenues of cooperation and set up industrial units in Algeria in a pro-business environment wherein they will be able to produce goods for themselves and also for exports to Africa and Gulf region. “We need to work together and it was the best time to develop cooperation with Algeria. The Algerian Embassy would fully facilitate members of business and industrial community in Pakistan who are looking forward to improve trade and investment ties with their Algerian brothers”, he added while speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI). Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala (Via Zoom), Senior Vice President KCCI Touseef Ahmed, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Haris Agar, Chairman Diplomatic Mission & Embassies Liaison Ziaul Arfeen and KCCI Managing Committee members also attended the meeting. Algerian Ambassador, who was on his maiden visit to Karachi, said that Algeria and Pakistan have a long history of solidarity, understanding and cooperation but the bilateral trade cooperation was unsatisfactory as the trade volume has been remained low which was not reflecting the brotherly and historical relations and it was alarming that Algeria-Pakistan trade volume has started descending which requires collective efforts from both sides.“We cannot afford to see such a meager trade volume hence, we have to cooperate and partner with each other”, he said, adding that bilateral trade and investment cooperation has to be improved by promoting greater interaction between the business communities. He informed that in order to create a bridge and promote cooperation between business communities of the two brotherly countries, an agreement was being signed for setting up a Business Council which would efficiently connect the business communities, promote exchange of trade delegations and prove beneficial for the economies. He said that business visas were quickly being issued to potential businessmen and industrialists which do not require any consultation from Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as per new policy. “Issuing visa to businessmen is purely my prerogative and I have issued 120 business visas within a year to the members of business community looking forward to explore trade and investment cooperation with Algeria.” Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala, who joined the meeting online via zoom, assured full support and cooperation to Algerian Ambassador for all his efforts being made to improve business ties between the two countries.

 

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