Ministry of Commerce, sending its delegations for New Zealand and Australia to find New Trade Avenues

Islamabad: (1) A high level delegation, led by the Secretary Commerce Mr. Zafar Mahmood left for New Zealand to attend the Inaugural Session of Pak-New Zealand Joint Trade Committee (JTC) in Wellington, New Zealand. This JTC was established under a bilateral Trade Agreement signed in 1990. However, it could not hold its first meeting up till now. It is after persistent efforts by the Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan that the Inaugural Session of this Committee has now been scheduled for 15th -16th March, 2012.

In the first meeting both sides will hold discussions to work out arrangements to enhance bilateral trade and identify areas for cooperation, especially in agriculture and dairy sectors. Both sides will also deliberate on ways to establish institutional linkages between the two countries to achieve these objectives.

New Zealand has a strong economy and with a per capita income of US$ 27, 217 per annum, can be a potential market for Pakistani exports. It is hoped that such high level visits will pave way for Pakistani business sector to take benefits of this untapped market.

(2) Secretary Commerce is also leading a high level delegation for the 3rd Pak-Australia Joint Trade (JTC) Committee Meeting in Australia scheduled on 20th March 2012. The meeting will be preceded by the Pak- New Zealand Joint Trade Committee meeting being held in Wellington on 15th March 2012.

In the previous two Meetings, both sides had deliberated on various issues of mutual interest including Agriculture Cooperation, Double Taxation Agreement, Investment Cooperation, Capacity building and developing institutional linkages between both countries. One of the major achievements of the JTC meeting was the Import Risk Analysis of our mangoes by Australia.

The third Meeting is going to take stock of the progress made on the decisions taken in the previous meetings Both sides will also discuss the need for greater market access in the Australian Market for Pakistani products. The marketing strategy for export of Pakistani mangoes in Australia will also be discussed.

Australia has been providing different training and educational opportunities for Pakistani nationals in the recent past. In this meeting also, both sides will discuss the need for developing educational linkages in technical as well as other fields.

It is hoped that the positive outcomes of the 3rd JTC Meeting would be helpful in enhancing bilateral trade and economic relations.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Commerce
Mr. Iftikhar Ali Qureshi,
ACS/Incharge Computer Section,
Tel: 051-9208692,