KARACHI: In response to Karachi Chamber’s concerns expressed over the closure of Iraqi Consulate in Karachi, Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of Iraq in Pakistan Abdulsalam Saddam Mohaisen informed that Iraq is looking forward to reopen its Consulate in Karachi very soon which will be providing all visa related services to the citizens of the port city.
Exchanging views with President KCCI Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, Senior Vice President Arshad Islam and KCCI Managing Committee Members at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the diplomat said that Pakistan, particularly Karachi, is a very important and safe place for Iraqi businessmen and investors who can collaborate with their counterparts in numerous sectors of the economy for the promotion of trade between the two countries.
He was of the opinion that Pakistani producers and manufacturers have been producing many high quality products which can be exported to Iraq as there is a good demand for Pakistani products. “Due to lack of information, the Iraqi businessmen are unaware about the quality, availability and prices of Pakistani products. Although Pakistan produces many high quality products including agricultural products, furniture, agricultural products, fresh fruits and vegetables etc. but a very little amount was being exported to Iraq mainly due to unawareness about the wide range of products available at very competitive prices in Pakistan hence, the Iraqi importers are importing all such products from India, China, Iran, Turkey and some other countries”, he added.
He said that in order to improve the meager trade volume between the two brotherly countries, there is a need to exchange trade delegations and encourage business-to-business meetings which would surely yield positive results. Responding to a query, he clarified that there was no restriction on the import of rice from Pakistan while many food items and Pakistani cement were also being smoothly exported to Iraq.
While extending full support and cooperation, he stressed that the business and industrial community of Karachi must look into the possibility of enhancing trade ties with Iraqi business community. Any obstacles affecting trade between the two countries will have to be taken up and resolved by the governments of Iraq and Pakistan on priority in order to pave way for improved trade and investment ties between the two brotherly countries.