Dutch Ambassador calls on Commerce and Industries Minister Dr. Gohar Ejaz to foster trade growth

Islamabad, November 22, 2023:

The Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Henny Fokel de Vries, the Ambassador of the Netherlands, called on Dr. Gohar Ejaz, the Minister of Commerce and Industries. The meeting underscored the trade relations between the two nations and explored avenues for further collaboration.

Ambassador de Vries expressed satisfaction with the strong trade ties between the two countries, particularly in the textile sector, and conveyed the Netherlands’ interest in livestock and potatoes from Pakistan. Highlighting the potential for a formidable partnership in agriculture, she emphasized the abundance of land and labor in Pakistan.

The Ambassador also expressed the Netherlands’ commitment to exploring additional opportunities for trade growth, citing technology and academic exchange as potential areas for collaboration.

Acknowledging the Netherlands as one of Pakistan’s top ten foreign trade partners, the Minister outlined Pakistan’s vast investment potential, particularly in IT, agriculture, and mining.

Minister Ejaz highlighted the importance of the Special Investment Facilitation Council as a mechanism to streamline foreign direct investment, pointing out the availability of one million acres of arable land in Punjab. The Minister stressed the potential for technology investment and IT exports, expressing Pakistan’s eagerness to collaborate with the Netherlands for technology transfer in agriculture.

Additionally, Minister Dr. Ejaz expressed interest in cooperation with the Netherlands Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI) for support on agricultural exports to the Netherlands. He outlined plans for collaboration in wind power, citing the Netherlands’ leadership in the field. The Minister also extended an invitation for the Netherlands to explore opportunities in a special economic zone at Karachi Port.

The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to strengthening bilateral ties and exploring new avenues for economic collaboration between Pakistan and the Netherlands.