SIALKOT: Ambassador of Greece in Pakistan Petros Mavroidis has stressed upon the need of making all-out efforts to boost mutual trade ties between Greece and Pakistan.
He was addressing exporters at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) on Thursday. SCCI president Dr Sarfraz Bashir, senior vice president Mian Muhammad Anwar and vice president Khawar Sapal were also present.
The ambassador said both countries had been enjoying good friendly and cordial trade relations and now the time was ripe to further strengthen trade ties as all things were moving to a right direction.
He said Pakistan had a lot of opportunities to explore and capture Greek trader markets and even the European Union (EU) markets through Greece. He added that Greece was ready to support Pakistan in overcoming persisting energy crisis. He gave an idea that Pakistan could reduce consumption of gas by ensuring the maximum use of solar energy as several Greek companies were ready to come to Pakistan and invest in textile, agriculture, solar energy, leather, sports and other trade fields.
Petros Mavroidis said several Greek companies were willing to come to Pakistan and invest in different trade fields as Greece intended to establish strong economical links and strengthen the mutual ties with Pakistan.
He offered an easy and hurdle-free access of Sialkot exporters to Greek international trade markets and said Sialkot exporters had potential to explore and capture Greek markets by exporting their diversified world class traditional and non-traditional exports.
He said several Greek companies were ready to establish joint ventures with the Sialkot business community in different trade fields.
SCCI president Dr Sarfraz Bashir said the Sialkot-made footballs, field hockey sticks, cricket gear and boxing gloves were used in international games, including the Olympics and World Cups. Most of the developed countries are importing surgical instruments from Sialkot, he added.
Earlier, the ambassador also visited several leading industrial units in the city.