Azerbaijan keen to strengthen economic ties with Pakistan

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  • Azeri envoy says his country is exploring the possibility of launching direct flights with Pakistan to promote trade relations

ISLAMABAD: Embassy of Azerbaijan Deputy Head of Mission Chingiz Coribhi said on Tuesday that Azerbaijan and Pakistan enjoyed excellent political relations and there was a need to focus on strengthening economic relations for mutual benefit.

“A joint trade exhibition of Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey would be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in April this year,” he said while exchanging views with the members of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). “The exhibition would include pharmacological, medicine, cosmetics, surgical instruments, cutlery, electrical appliances, textile, leather, sports and sportswear, furniture, homemade crafts, food and accessories.”

Chingiz Coribhi said Pakistani exporters should take an active part in the joint expo to show the potential of their products to the Azeri consumers.

He said Azerbaijan was also exploring the possibility of launching direct flights with Pakistan to promote trade relations, adding that his country was keen to enhance trade ties with Pakistan as both countries have tremendous potential in this regard.

He said the Embassy of Azerbaijan had set up an easy visa regime for Pakistan due to which visa applications from Pakistan had witnessed a significant increase. He also lauded Pakistan for announcing visa on arrival facility to Azerbaijan.

Speaking on the occasion, ICCI President Ahmed Hassan Moughal said Pakistan could export many products to Azerbaijan including readymade garments, cotton products, engineering goods, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, rice, textile fabrics, sports goods, surgical instruments and tents. He added that the country could also import non-ferrous metals, oil and oil products, canned fruit juices, raw cotton, and liquefied petroleum gas from Azerbaijan.

He stressed that both countries should focus on increasing business-to-business contacts between private sectors and encourage frequent exchange of delegations to identify new areas of bilateral cooperation.

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