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Pak-Tunisia PTA to unleash huge opportunities for trade – Envoy

Islamabad : Adel Elarbi, Ambassador of Tunisia said that Pakistan and Tunisia were negotiating for a preferential trade agreement that would hopefully be signed this year and it would unleash huge opportunities for improving bilateral trade between the two countries.
He said that Tunisia was a gateway for Pakistan to enter the large markets of Africa, but due to lack of awareness on both sides about potential for mutual cooperation, Pakistan could not exploit the geographical location of Tunisia for achieving benefits for its economy. He was addressing the business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.ChaoukiMsolli, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Tunisia was also present at the occasion.
The Envoy said that Tunisia’s 80% trade was with European Union and Pakistan could promote its exports to Africa and EU by enhancing cooperation with Tunisia. He said the future was of African continent while Tunisian government was encouraging foreign investors due to which many investors of China, Turkey, Iran and other countries had invested in Tunisia. He stressed that Pakistani business community should also visit Tunisia to explore joint ventures and investment in its free economic zones. He urged that ICCI should form a delegation for Tunisia and his embassy would extend support in making its visit successful.

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