Pakistan’s envoy for further strengthening of economic ties with France

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ISLAMABAD, July 26 (APP): The Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moinul Haquesaid that the existing level of economic, trade, and investment cooperation wouldbe further strengthened between France and Pakistan.
The Ambassador, who was on a 3-day visit to Lyon from 29th June to 1st July, 2017 as part of his outreach initiative to various French regions, heldextensive meetings with Mrs. Nora Bera, former French Minister and Vice Presidentof the Lyon Region and Mr. Alain Marleix, former French Minister and member ofFrench National Assembly and discussed ways and means to further improvebilateral relations between the two countries, said a message received here on Wednesday.
The Ambassador also met with Mr. F. Turcas, President of Union of RegionalSmall and Medium Companies (CPME) and Mr. Florent Belleteste President of Lyon Chamber of Commerce to promote bilateral business, trade and investment relations.
During the meetings, the Ambassador said that Pakistan offers one of the world’s most liberal and lucrative trade and investment regime. He invited the French businessmen to explore many attractive investment opportunities in Pakistan, a fast growing and emerging economy of the world. It was agreed that a delegation of CPME will visit Pakistan in 2018.
He noted that bilateral trade is steadily growing over the last few years while France has emerged as the third largest investor to Pakistan after China and Nederland during 2016-17.
Later Ambassador visited the factory of Clanger, a leading French company in the field of cold chain and industrial refrigeration.
The Ambassador also met with the Pakistani Community of Lyon. He congratulated them on setting up the Pakistani cultural association which will serve as an important platform for their social and cultural activities and for promoting Pakistan in Lyon.
This was the fourth leg of Ambassador’s outreach initiative. Earlier, the Ambassador had visited Toulouse in December 2016, Strasbourg and Normandy region in February and May this year to promote Pakistan as a preferred destination for making investment, doing business and trade.