ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Industries and Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood on Thursday reached Nairobi to attend two-day Pakistan Africa Trade Development Conference starting from January 30.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Abdul Razak Dawood would deliver keynote speeches, highlighting the relations of Pakistan with Africa, said a press release issued by Ministry of Commerce here.
Commerce Secretary Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera will present trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan to the African delegates and invite them to enhance Pakistan-Africa trade and Investment level, and develop banking and transportation channels to facilitate trade.
Representatives of over 80 leading Pakistani companies have also arrived in Kenya to attend the conference, from textiles, pharmaceutical and surgical sector, engineering goods, home appliances, tractors and agricultural implements, IT services, rice, fruits and vegetables, cement, construction services etc.
Representatives of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) will also be giving presentations in the conference to offer their services, while secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs will also be making a presentation to offer Pakistani ports services to African traders for shipping their goods to Afghanistan, Central Asia and China.
Kenyan Minister of Trade, State Minister from Uganda and undersecretaries from Egypt and Sudan are attending the conference. Moreover, 40 senior officials and over 150 businessmen from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Niger, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda, Somalia and Burundi have also arrived in Nairobi to attend the conference. Over 100 companies from Kenya are participating in the conference.
Senior Officials from Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia etc will be presenting their countries’ trade and investment potential and discuss linkages to enhance trade with Pakistan.
The delegations led by senior officials will also have meetings with Adviser Commerce, Secretary Commerce and Secretary TDAP to discuss bilateral trade issues.