Kazakhstan to host summit for Pakistani companies in May: ambassador

Kazakhstan to host summit for Pakistani companies in May: ambassador

Kazakhstan to host summit for Pakistani companies in May: ambassador
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ISLAMABAD: Kazakhstan will host a trade summit for Pakistan in Atakent Expo Centre, Almaty in May this year to provide opportunity for Pakistani companies to showcase their products to the business community of Kazakhstan.

This was stated by Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin, who  called on the Federal Minister of National Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam on Friday.

The ambassador informed that over 60 Pakistani companies from various sectors such as agricultural machinery, agricultural products, sports goods, surgical instruments, handicrafts, confectionary will attend the expo.

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Fakhar welcomed the ambassador of Kazakhstan and said that Pakistan looked forward to taking the relationship with Kazakhstan to the next level, adding that the current trade between Kazakhstan and Pakistan was the most Pakistan had with any Central Asian country however, it was far below its true potential.

“Pakistan and Kazakhstan should take advantage of the opportunity at hand and ensure maximum cooperation,” Imam said adding that the bilateral cooperation between the two countries could be of immense benefit to Pakistan and Kazakhstan.

Both sides also discussed the memorandum of understanding signed between the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research on the cooperation in the field of agriculture.

Fakhar stressed cooperation in the field of livestock breeding and plant cultivation, agricultural products trade, quarantine and plant protection, veterinary medicine and agricultural research.

He said that Pakistan had excess rice and potato which can be exported to Kazakhstan.

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Speaking on the occasion, Yerzhan Kistafin showed keen interest in importing rice from Pakistan and said that Kazakhstan already imported rice from Russia and so it would be beneficial for them to directly import from Pakistan.

Both sides also agreed to conduct an online meeting in April between the officials of Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to further enhance the cooperation.

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