Promotion of gemstone, marble industry: Pakistan offers help
20 October, 2012
KABUL: Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq has said that Pakistan is ready to extend technical assistance to Afghanistan for promoting and strengthening its gemstone and marble industry.
He also proposed the holding of Pak-Afghan Joint Industrial Exhibitions in the prominent cities of the world. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of an industrial exhibition "Made in Pakistan", jointly organised by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Underscoring the significance for promoting trade and economic relations between the two neighbouring countries, he said that it was the need of the hour to intensify economic relations by holding frequent exhibitions in both the countries, undertaking trade exchange programmes and joint venture and further expanding the trade volume from the existing $2 billion for the economic advantages of the two sides.
The ambassador said that trade between the two countries had shown a remarkable progress during the last one decade, as it jumped from $26 million in 2001 to $2 billion in 2012.
He said that both countries were required to focus on promoting economic relations, which would bring industrial, agricultural and economic development to both sides.