Visit to France of a High-Level Pakistani trade delegation
(29 May 2014)
The Embassy of France in Islamabad in close cooperation of PBC (Pakistan Business Council), PFBA (Pakistan France Business Alliance), Pakistan France Business Council (PFBC) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Paris is constituting a trade delegation to Paris, France from 2 – 5 June 2014. The program is being carried out under the supervision of MEDEF International (French Business Council) with the cooperation of Ubifrance (French Trade Promotion Agency).
The Pakistani Minister for water and Power M. Muhammad Asif KHAWAJA has consented to join the delegation to Paris as well as, the special Assistant to the Prime Minister / Chairman, Board of Investment, Dr. Miftah ISMAIL. They will participate at the presentation on a plenary format that will take place on Thursday June 3rd at the MEDEF. On the occasion of his visit to France the Pakistani minister for water and power will have a meeting with the French Minister for external trade.
The objective of the trade delegation is to provide opportunities to Pakistani entrepreneurs in search of equipment, technologies and expertise and explore possibilities of setting up joint ventures with French companies in the backdrop of the GSP Plus status recently granted to Pakistan by EU. The number of participants stands at about 30 companies among them prominent industrial groups acting in various sectors of activity: energy – inclusive of oil & gas exploration and production, power generation and distribution, infrastructure development and logistics – including ground transportation, highways and water, agri business / food processing (dairy products, fruit and vegetable), pharmaceutical products.
With these objectives in view, B2B meetings have been organized at the MEDEF head office, at the Embassy of Pakistan in France, at UBIFRANCE head office in Paris and at the offices of various French companies.
The Pakistani Embassy in Paris will give access to its premises on June 3rd in the afternoon and June 4th to all the Pakistani delegates willing to arrange business meetings on their own but also to the French companies willing to meet with the Pakistani delegates.
This initiative led by the private sector will trigger new dynamics in Pakistan/France business relationship and will be conducive to more investment and partnerships between companies of our two countries. As a reciprocal gesture, a visit of a French business delegation to Pakistan is planned for the second half of this year.