Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan this week will not only help strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries but will also help boost bilateral trade, according to local businesspeople.
Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in the capital Islamabad on Thursday for a two-day official visit — his fourth since 2002.
Karachi-based businessman and former president of Turkey-Pakistan Business Council, Abdul Rashid Abro told Anadolu Agency, “President Erdogan’s visit means a lot for Pakistan at a time, when the country is facing a series of challenges, mainly on economic front.”
“Unfortunately, the bilateral trade volume between the two longtime allies is lesser than their actual potential. No doubt, the recent economic cooperation, including Turkish investment [in Pakistan], has improved the situation but much room is still vacant,” Abro
Farooq Afzal, a Karachi-based businessman, sees “huge opportunities” for Turkish investors in Pakistan’s tourism and construction sectors.
“Pakistan has a tremendous treasure of natural beauty to show the world. But we terribly lack in terms of infrastructure, whereas Turkish companies embody a huge experience in this field,” Afzal said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will address to the joint sitting of the parliament on the February 14.
This was stated by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser during the National Assembly session on Thursday.