Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry visits South Africa
4 August 2015
At the invitation of the Pakistan High Commission, a fifteen member delegation of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry arrived in Pretoria today, on a weeklong visit to South Africa to meet the local businessmen; study the market and explore new avenues of mutual economic, investment and trade cooperation. For this purpose, the delegation will be visiting major business cities like Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Durban besides holding detailed meetings at local chambers of these cities including the Minara Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The delegation comprising entrepreneurs in machinery, pharmaceutical, consumer items, textiles, carpets and other industries, spent a hectic day in Pretoria that included detailed briefings organized by the Pakistan High Commission and KZN Trade and Investment. The delegation also held one-on-one meetings with the local business community members.
Speaking at a dinner hosted by him in honour of the delegation, which was attended by prominent South African business community members and officials, High Commissioner Najm us Saqib, inter alia, highlighted the opportunities available in South Africa and how Pakistani businessmen could utilize these opportunities to the benefit of business communities of both countries. He assured the delegates that the Pakistan High Commission would be available for any facilitation and assistance that might help the delegation in making their visit a success.
In his welcoming remarks, the head the delegation Mr. Zafar Mehmood, who is also the Chairman of the Pakistan- Africa Business Association, a subsidiary body of the Lahore Chamber, expressed deep gratitude to the High Commissioner and his team for planning their visit to South Africa and for their warm hospitality. He promised to keep working for enhancing business cooperation between the two countries and hoped to visit this beautiful country again in 2016.
The programme devised and organized by Commercial Secretary Mr. Qamar Zaman, is also aimed at providing maximum exposure and knowledge of the African market to the delegates.
Africa is increasingly becoming an important export destination for Pakistani goods. Exports from Pakistan are on the increase while many chambers and trade Associations of Pakistan are trying to make the best use of the opportunities available in the continent, especially in Southern Africa.
High Commission of Pakistan in South Africa