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Australia keen to diversify relations with Pakistan: HC

RAWALPINDI, MAR 14 (DNA) -Australia and Pakistan are enjoying cordial trade relations and now the time is ripe to further strengthen these ties, as all things are moving towards the right direction.
There is a huge scope of promoting trade with Pakistan especially in agriculture, dairy, live stock, education, and energy and infrastructure sectors of Pakistan.
This was stated by Australian High Commissioner Ms. Margaret Anne Adamson during her visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here on Tuesday.
President RCCI Mian Humayun Parvez, Senior Vice President Saqib Rafiq, Vice President Muhammad Aqil Obaid, former president Syed Ali Reza, members of the executive committee and renowned traders were also present on this occasion.
Adamson said that we are enjoying cordial relations with Pakistan since 1950. Being a member of commonwealth organization, we have warm, long term, friendly relationships and Australia always stood shoulder to shoulder in the hour of need.
The High Commissioner of Australia said that her country would like to have direct trade relations with Rawalpindi business community on chamber to chamber basis, besides, pledging full support and technical assistance to ensure the easy access of Pakistan business community to international trade markets of Australia.
She agreed with the RCCI proposal regarding regular exchange of updated trade information and mutual trade delegations to enhance the trade between the two countries. She said that her country is very active in regional economic integration.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the RCCI President Mian Humayun Parvez said that Pakistan and Australia had always enjoyed cordial relations based on mutual trust and confidence in each other’s expertise. Bilateral trade between Pakistan and Australia is stable and volume of trade between the two countries remained over US$ 600 million in 2015, he added.
He hinted that there are ample opportunities existing to enhance bilateral trade by exploring new vistas especially in the non-conventional trade sector like gem and jewelry, marble, leather and information technology.=DNA

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