(30-03-2017): Ambassador Farukh Amil called on Mr. Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman JETRO on March 29, 2017 in his office. Executive Director General Mr. Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President and Senior Director for Global Strategy South West Asia Mr. Takashi Suzuki were also present in the meeting. The Ambassador was accompanied by Commercial Counsellor Tokyo, Mr. Abu Bakar Siddique and Commercial Counsellor, Osaka Mr. Khalid Jamil. The meeting covered the full range of bilateral trade and investment relations between the two countries.
The Ambassador praised the role of JETRO in supporting and increasing the bilateral trade and investment as ultimately it is economic activity which can bring long lasting growth and prosperity to Pakistan. Chairman JETRO highlighted the longstanding support of the Government of Japan for business ties between the two countries, with JETRO opening office in Karachi in 1954. He agreed that both countries should continue working for increase in trade and investment.
Chairman JETRO looked for to visiting Pakistan at the earliest opportunity. He stated that visit of President JETRO Mr. Akahoshi to Pakistan in September 2017 was a continuation of the high level contact between the two countries.
Chairman JETRO agreed with the Ambassador that, like Japan, SMEs hold the keys to economic growth of Pakistan. He cited his personal role in promoting SMEs as Director General of SME Agency in 2007 and offered to help Pakistan with his extensive experience.
Tokyo, PR 28/2017