Business community hopes for increasing Pak-Turk trade upto $ 2 billion

ISLAMABAD: Business community has termed the visit of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistan a golden opportunity to enhance trade and business relations among Pakistan and Turkey and expressed hope that the trade volume between the both countries can be increased as high as $ 2 billion with some joint efforts made by public and private sectors of the either countries.

Iftikhar Ali Malik, veteran trade leader and Central Chairman United Business Group Wednesday expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Turkish traders who called on him today ,” said a press release issued here Wednesday.

He said President Erdogan tour to Pakistan was enough to prove that Turkey wants to strengthen its economic ties with Pakistan. He also appreciated Erdogan’s efforts for the safeguarding of Muslim rights at international level and said Pakistan and Turkey under the dynamic leaderships of both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Tayyip Erdogan could work together for the Muslim renaissance. He also emphasized on the unity of Muslim Umah to pool up their resources and to do maximum research and use modern technologies to cope with global changes, along with fostering unity among their ranks.

Iftikhar Malik said that both the countries have marvelous untapped business potential that needs to be realised by maximizing the involvement of private sectors of the two countries.

He hoped that the economic relation between the two countries would strengthen further to create a win-win situation for Pakistan and Turkey. He said Pakistani entrepreneurs are ready for joint ventures with their Turkish counterparts in the fields of construction, textile, information technology, carpet and plastic. “JVs would provide Pakistani businessmen an ample opportunity to avail benefit from the expertise of Turkey in these particular sectors,” he added.

He called for exchange of business delegations so that both the sides could have firsthand knowledge of the available opportunities in Pakistan and Turkey. Iftikhar Malik said that exports have a paramount importance in Pakistan’s economy as they are the main source of revenue generation (greater than 20 billion dollars) and employment creation. Exports are also important for maintaining the balance of payment stability for our country. He said that however, the export performance of Pakistan as compared to other regional economies has been appalling in the last few decades.

This can be well illustrated by the export comparison of Pakistan and Turkey in 1980 when the exports of both countries were comparable.

The situation is quite converse in recent times, with Turkey having exports of around $ 167 billion in 2019 while Pakistan’s exports are stagnant around $ 24 billion.Turkey’s exports are hence more than six times of Pakistan’s exports which are only 0.12 percent of world exports as our country ranks 68th in world exports. Iftikhar Malik commended the efforts made by Prime Minister Imran Khan and for accelerating two way interactions among the businessmen of Turkey and Pakistan.

Head of the Turkish delegation Abdullah Yilmaz said that Turkey for being one of the fastest growing countries, has a lot to offer to the Pakistani entrepreneurs therefore they should avail this opportunities through joint ventures with the Turkish counterparts. He said that both countries could have firs hand knowledge of the trade and investment opportunities through exchange of trade delegation on regular basis.

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