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Pakistan’s largest trade expo ends BD among the participating countries

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Karachi, Pakistan Nov 12 (AP) - Expo-2017, the largest trade event arranged by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), came to an end on Sunday with the participation of the exporters of the country, 775 dele-gates from all around the world, including Bangladesh.
During the 4-day event exporters from Pakistan and other countries showcased their exporting goods in order to let them know about the products and strengthen business relationship.
More than 600 stalls were set up by the exporters while delegates from 70 countries visited their relevant stalls and had business meetings to explore the trade opportunities.
The first three days of the exposition were reserved for only delegates' visit and the last day was open for public.
In the first three days, the Bangladeshi delegation and the Commercial Secretary of Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka Suleman Khan visited the expo to explore their relevant sectors, to share knowledge and ideas and to know the potential and obstacles of growing trade relationship between the two countries.
During their visit, the team including Suleman Khan had several meetings with many exporters and organiza-tions including Export Processing Zone Association (EPZA), Engineering Development board (EDB) and so on.
In the meetings, while all expressed their interest to build trade relationship with Bangladesh, many pointed on the difficulties of getting visa in Bangladesh.
Zafar Shafique, from Paradise International Corporation said, they have textile chemical business in Bangladesh and they provide finishing chemicals to the buyers.
The business relation was so good and he had to visit Bangladesh so frequently that he took a flat on rent, he said.
But later, Bangladesh was not approving his visa so he cannot visit the country for business, he told UNB, add-ing that, "If you're unable to travel to a country, how can you do business with them?"
In another meeting, the delegates talked to the EPZA to know about the facilities and the environment of in-vestment in Pakistan.
Khaldoon Javid Malik, General Manager (Sales and Marketing) of W Vision Trading, said, the company is open for both export and import while explaining their product details to the delegates.
Showing interest to export to Bangladesh, EDB also discussed about the opportunities with the delegates and gave a brief about their portfolio.