ISLAMABAD: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) former chairman Ahmad Jawad has said that fresh fruits of Pakistan are on their way to tap the French market in light of GSP Plus status waiver.
“France is important trading ally of Pakistan and enjoys good consumption of fresh fruits. Pakistan is 65th in the hierarchy of trading partners of France with volume of bilateral trade standing at almost $1 billion per annum, which needs to be enhanced,” he added.
Talking to Embassy of France Economic Affairs head Eric Noitakis, who called on him on Saturday, Ahmad Jawad said the private sector intends to strengthen Pakistan-France economic ties by facilitating business-to-business contacts and promoting exchange visits. He said the horticulture exporters of Pakistan desire to export Pakistani Kinnow and mangoes for the French people, so they could get also enjoy the unique taste of Pakistani Kinnow. He said Pakistani mangoes have already entered in the EU markets successfully after the compliance of DG SANCO (quarantine) requirements.
“Given the old association of Pakistan and France, it is time that both counties increase the bilateral trade volume. France has an expertise in agriculture and I think at this time we need your transfer of technology in order to enhance the productivity as well as in the sector of value addition,” Jawad added.
Eric Noitakis appreciated the words of Jawad and also the fruits of Pakistan. “Pakistani exporters may definitely enter in the French market, as there is 0% import duty on Kinnow and mangoes after awarding GSP plus status to Pakistan,” he added. He said the government of Pakistan could also conduct a road show in Paris in the month of May. “I hope that the event may would to enhance the confidence and encourage the B2B interactions with Pakistan and France businessmen.”
Source: Daily Times