Pakistan’s imports to Malaysia are growing steadily and are expected to cross US$280 million by the end of this year at the back of a growing demand for its food products, including rice, fruits and vegetables, in the Malaysian market.
“Currently, bilateral trade between Pakistan and Malaysia has gone up by 13% to hit US$2.8 billion in 2011, while Pakistan’s exports to Malaysia have also increased by 70% , to achieve US$253 million in 2011,” said Masood Khalid, outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner of Pakistan to Malaysia, at a farewell and appreciation reception organized for him by the Malaysia-Pakistani Business Council, says a message received here from Pakistan’s High Commission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia here today.
The event, which took place at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, was attended by both members of the business council, representatives of civil society, Pakistani community and the officials of Pakistan High Commission in Malaysia.
Council’s office-bearers, including its Chairman Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din who has this year been conferred Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) by the Government of Pakistan, were also present.
In his address, Masood Khalid said although he would miss the environment and people in Malaysia, he could look back with some
satisfaction over the past two years since taking up the post.
He also praised the cooperative efforts championed by Mohamad Salim and the MPBC in furthering business collaboration between both countries.
The outgoing high commissioner also offered his opinions on how both countries could achieve more symmetrical trade relations, and pointed out other aspects of bilateral relations which could be further developed, such as education and culture.
Masood, whose next posting will be in Beijing as Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, said he looked forward to the new posting, given China’s close relationship with his country.
“With China being the new focus in Asia and a country which we have had a long and extensive relationship with, it is an important assignment by any measure. It will be a challenging one, but one I look forward to meeting,” said Masood.
Earlier, Mohamad Salim expressed his mixed emotions in opening the reception, stating it was both a sad and happy occasion. “It is sad because we will be losing a dignified and outstanding gentleman.
Happy, because we have accomplished so much together over the past two years,” said Mohamad Salim.
“Bilateral relations between two countries do not flourish by themselves … it requires hard work by those appointed by both governments to oversee this task. I must commend His Excellency Masood Khalid for his role in elevating Pakistan’s relationship with Malaysia,” he added.
Both the High Commissioner and Mohamad Salim agreed that there were other industries which could be further developed utilising skilled and semi-skilled labour from Pakistan in assisting Malaysia achieve its Vision 2020 objectives, given the number of post-graduate Pakistani students already studying in Malaysia.