ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia Dr Foziya Amin said on Saturday that visit of Ethiopian delegation to Pakistan would contribute to further strengthen trade ties between both countries.
She said that there are vast opportunities of cooperation between both countries in various fields including economy, IT, science and technology.
She stressed the need to should take full benefit of them as Pakistan is an important country for Ethiopia in South Asia due to its geographical location and similarly, Ethiopia is a gateway for Pakistan in Africa.
She said this while addressing a luncheon reception hosted by Engineer Azharul Islam Zafar, Vice President, ICCI in honor of the visiting Ethiopian delegation.
Dr Foziya Amin said that women have an important role in the economic development of a country and appreciated the role of Pakistani women in various fields including business and economy.
Speaking on the occasion President ICCI Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari said that Ethiopia should play its role to get an observer state status for Pakistan in the African Union.
He said that the African Union is a strong forum of the African nations and being an observer state, Pakistan can play its role in developing economic and trade relations among the African, South Asian and Central Asian countries.
He said that both countries should make joint efforts for economic integration and participation in regional and global economic and trade activities.
Jemal Beker Abdula, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Pakistan said that the start of direct flights by the Ethiopian airline with Pakistan would be helpful in improving business and investment relations between the two countries.
Engr Azharul Islam Zafar, Vice President ICCI said that both countries can cooperate in textiles, agriculture, construction and many other fields.
He termed the opening of a full-fledged Ethiopian embassy in Pakistan and start of direct flights as a welcome development between the two countries.
Khalid Iqbal Malik, former President and Group Leader highlighted the investment potential for Ethiopia in Pakistan tourism sector and stressed that they should take full advantage of it.
Zafar Bakhtawari, former President & Secretary General UBG said that Ethiopia is a growing economy and start of its direct flights with Pakistan would help both countries to further strengthen economic ties.