Ex-chief, Saudi diplomat discusses enhancing mutual trade, economic cooperation

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Zulfiqar Ali Khan, former president of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman, Pak Sri Lanka Business Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter held a meeting with Mr Mubsher Al-Shehri, Commercial Attaché of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in Pakistan.

A press release issued here on Tuesday said the meeting took place in the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad, in which matters relating to mutual trade promotion and cooperation were discussed.

The meeting emphasized the need of tapping all available potentials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Pakistan.

A detailed discussion was held regarding enhancing bilateral trade and launching of joint ventures/projects in the meeting.

On the occasion, the KSA commercial attaché’ Mubsher Al-Shehri assured to provide all facilities to the business community to boost up the mutual trade and economic relations between the two brotherly Islamic countries.

Zulfiqar Ali Khan while speaking on the occasion stressed that a greater partnership in available investment opportunities with the business community of Pakistan generally particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

KP is an underprivileged and neglected province of Pakistan, Mr Khan said.
He said it is reality that KP is lagging behind as compared to other federating units of the country and neglected all the time, which had remained in war for many decades.

Therefore, he emphasized it is a dire need of hour to take initiatives for bringing economic prosperity and development in this region.

Khan said “opportunities should be provided to the business community and investors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in KSA so that it will create employment avenues for many people, resultantly bring economic prosperity and development in this province.

He mentioned a large number of Pakhtuns were working in KSA so they want to enhance the role of KP in development and progress of the KSA. He added we wanted to play an important role in the tourism, construction and manufacturing sectors.

Earlier, Mubsher Al-Shehri, Commercial Attaché of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan gave an invitation to Zulfiqar Ali Khan along with a delegation of business community to KSA.