During a farewell visit by H.E. Adam M. Tugio, the Indonesian Ambassador, to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Indonesia unveiled plans to introduce direct flights to Pakistan, enhancing trade relations and people-to-people connections. Additionally, an ‘Indonesian Corner’ is set to be established at the National Book Foundation of Pakistan, aiming to deepen cultural ties.
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Ambassador Tugio, in a news release from the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, highlighted the potential for collaboration in Halal herbal medicines between the two nations. He also acknowledged the cost-effectiveness and potential of Pakistani pharmaceutical products in the Indonesian market. To further strengthen trade ties, Indonesia will host a Pakistan-ASEAN specific expo in Jakarta next year, providing a platform for Pakistani businesses. Ambassador Tugio praised ICCI’s proactive approach, including its delegation’s participation in an Indonesian trade expo, and encouraged continued efforts to foster collaboration between the private sectors of both countries.”
Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President of ICCI, highlighted the vast opportunities Indonesia and the ASEAN region present for Pakistan. He underscored the importance of increased trade delegations to Indonesia, identifying potential sectors for Indonesian investments in Pakistan, notably tourism infrastructure. Bakhtawari also proposed a Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan, Indonesia, and Nigeria, three significant markets in the Muslim world. Such an accord could amplify their trade relations, ushering in prosperity. Bakhtawari reassured the chamber’s commitment to bolstering business ties with Indonesia.
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Faad Waheed, Senior Vice President ICCI, appreciated Ambassador Tugio’s endeavors in fortifying trade relations between the countries. He expressed hope that Tugio’s successor would continue to advance this partnership. Waheed enumerated sectors like IT, tourism, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and cooking oil as potential areas of collaboration. Engr. Azhar ul Islam Zafar, Vice President ICCI, expressed gratitude for the warm reception the ICCI delegation received during their recent visit to Indonesia. Other members, including Hamayun Kabir, Faseeh ullah Khan, and Malik Mohsin Khalid, provided valuable insights and suggestions to strengthen the bilateral alliance.