Trainee officers asked to focus on trade diplomacy
ISLAMABAD: A 21-member delegation of trainee officers of the Foreign Service of Pakistan led by Muhammad Wasif, director (programmes), Foreign Service Academy, visited the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and exchanged views with the business community on the challenges and opportunities for the Pakistan’s economy.
Addressing the delegation, Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) said that the trainee officers should focus on trade diplomacy, while serving abroad as diplomats to promote Pakistan’s business and economic interests.
He said this was an era of economic war so the trainee officers have a responsibility to identify new avenues for promoting Pakistan’s trade and exports, while serving abroad. Khan also urged the trainee officers to be fully aware of the business, joint ventures, and investment opportunities available in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy so that during their professional career, they can play an active role in attracting foreign investment to Pakistan.
The Pakistani missions abroad should have the updated brochures and information on Pakistani products, which can help improve exports, he said and urged that Pakistani missions should regularly share information on business and export opportunities for Pakistan’s private sector abroad with Pakistan’s chambers of commerce and industry.
It would enable the private sector to take full advantage of the possible business opportunities in foreign countries, he said and gave a detailed briefing to the delegation members about the working of the ICCI and how the chamber works for promoting the interests of the business community.
Wasif thanked Khan and his team for providing a detailed briefing on the working of the chamber and the challenges and opportunities being faced by the economy to the trainee diplomats.
This group of 21 officers of the Foreign Service of Pakistan is currently undergoing training in the 41st Specialised Diplomatic Course at the Foreign Service Academy and the purpose of bringing them to the chamber is to provide them an opportunity to exchange views with the business community on business and economic issues as part of their capacity-building efforts.
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