Ambassadors of Germany, Spain, Belgium, Libya, Kenya and Ethiopia telephone the President separately.
ISLAMABAD – The designated ambassadors of Germany, Spain, Belgium, Libya, Kenya and Ethiopia presented President Dr. Arif Alvi signed their credentials at a ceremony in Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday.
Ambassador of the Republic of Germany Alfred Grannas, Ambassador of Spain Jose Antonia de Ory Peral, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium Charles Delogne, Ambassador of Libya Moamer ZO Abdalmotlab, High Commissioner of Kenya Mary Nyambura Kamau and Ambassador of Ethiopia Jemal Beker Abdula made separate calls to the President.
Speaking to the German ambassador, the President said that Germany is one of the largest foreign direct investors in Pakistan.
He said German companies with expertise in wind, solar and Hydel Power projects could benefit from new incentives offered by Pakistan in these sectors.
The President encouraged German investors to invest in Pakistan’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ) as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said given the huge business, trade and investment potential between the two countries, the existing level of bilateral trade needs to be significantly improved.
He stressed the need for bilateral cooperation between the two countries to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and global warming amid the devastating floods in Pakistan.
In a conversation with the Spanish Ambassador, the President expressed the need to further develop bilateral relations in the areas of economy, trade, investment and tourism. He appreciates the Spanish support to Pakistan under the GSP Plus program and hopes that this support will continue in the future. He stressed the need for an early conclusion of a defense cooperation agreement between the two countries.
Speaking to the Belgian Ambassador, the President stressed the need to significantly increase the volume of bilateral trade from its current volume of $1.35 billion by increasing the pace of business delegation exchanges, attending trade fairs and launching joint ventures as well meaningful collaboration to be forged in agriculture, port handling and dredging, and science and technology.
Speaking to the Libyan Ambassador, the President stressed the need to expand the scope of trade ties and explore new avenues of economic cooperation between the two countries. He expressed hope that the new ambassador, appointed after 11 years, would work to further deepen relations between the two fraternal nations.
Speaking to the Kenyan envoy, the President said that Pakistan attaches the utmost importance to economic and trade relations with Kenya as it is Pakistan’s No. 1 export destination and No. 2 import destination on the African continent.
He also expressed satisfaction with the existing level of bilateral cooperation and coordination in the areas of trade, economy, defense and border management.
During his meeting with the Ethiopian Ambassador, the President appreciated the Ethiopian leadership’s decision to open a diplomatic mission in Islamabad and expressed hope that it would improve bilateral relations, promote mutual exchanges and usher in a new era of friendship and cooperation the two brotherly countries.
He also welcomed increasing cooperation between the two countries in the aviation sector and the start of two weekly direct flights reconnecting Karachi with Africa via Addis Ababa.