Governor Sindh to lead Pak businessmen delegation to Ethiopia

Karachi: Governor Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori has agreed to lead a delegation of Pakistani businessmen which was likely to fly to Ethiopia Airlines that will commence its flight to Karachi by the end of this year or January 2023.

The consensus between Kamran Tessori and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Jemal Beker Abdula reached during a meeting held here at the Governor’s House.

Both dignitaries discussed opportunities offered by both countries to each other in diverse sectors of economy such as agriculture, health care, textile, manufacturing, mining and information technology.

The ambassador said the delegation would be inclusive and would have representation from all the sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, surgery equipment, textile, agriculture and others.

He said his government had opened the economy and there were a lot of opportunities for Pakistani investors to cash in.

“We are producing the best coffee and tea in the world which can be exported to Pakistan at affordable rates,” he remarked. He said Pakistan could also import chickpeas, oil seeds and wheat as well.

Likewise, he said Pakistani businessmen could sell pharmaceutical, rice, textiles, construction and health care related materials to the Ethiopian market.

” We have opened financial sector some three months ago for foreign investment and going to launch first-ever stock exchange to encourage foreign direct investment,” the envoy noted.

He said his government had announced multiple incentives for the foreign investors as well as set up a one window facility to facilitate the investors and create ease of doing business in Ethiopia.

He said Ethiopia was set to become a manufacturing hub of Africa as it produced cheapest energy close to 96.4 per cent from hydro and geothermal sources.

“We are exporting energy to Kenya, Djibouti, and Sudan and efforts are afoot to sell the electricity to many countries and integrate through energy grid” he added.

He noted that currently the trade volume between the two countries was minimal which could be boosted by establishing institutional linkages, business-to-business contacts, and people-to-people ties.

To this end, he said the visit of Pakistani businessmen delegation would play a critical role in taking the bilateral relation particularly trade to the next level.

The Governor Sindh thanked Jemal Beker for taking keen interest in boasting bilateral trade between the two countries. He further said this delegation is a part of ‘Look Africa Initiative’ that gave top priority for Ethiopia.

The business trade delegation is going to be held in Ethiopia between 16-20 January 2023. To this end, the Embassy will notify the detail programs and share with concerned authorities.