Export facilitation: Number of commercial councilors to be increased

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ISLAMABAD: In order to enhance the country’s exports, the government has decided to increase the numbers of commercial councilors.

It has also been decided that the performance of commercial councilors would be assessed under the Trade Monitoring and Evolution Committee and those would be called back to the country who would not perform up to the mark.

Presently, there were some 58 commercial councilors deputed in 42 countries, whereas the total exports of Pakistan were about $123 billion.

According to sources, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood held a meeting with the officials of Foreign Office in which it was agreed that the number of commercial councilors would be increased.

It was also agreed during the meeting that the visa would be issued on arrival to the businessmen belonging to those African countries whose trade volume was more than $10 million.

The sources said that special measures would be taken to increase the exports of textile, sports goods, surgical instruments, engineering, chemicals, information technology, food, vegetables and fruits. The exports of the country were less than the target for the last few years and the government would provide a subsidy to the manufacturers of exportable items.

The sources said that the government was taking extraordinary steps to improve the demand of Pakistani tractors, air conditioners, fans, and motorbikes in African countries, adding that in the calendar year 2019, some 2,000 made in Pakistan tractors would be exported.

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