PM Shehbaz vows all-out cooperation to Turkish investors | The Express Tribune


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday, while assuring his government’s all-out support, urged the business community of Pakistan and Turkey to take the bilateral trade to the $5 billion mark within the next three years.

“The $1.1 billion trade is nothing… Let us resolve to take the two-way trade to $5 billion… Let us do it speedily. The time and tide wait for none,” he said addressing a dinner reception hosted by President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Riffat Hisarciklioglu in his honour.

The prime minister, along with a high-level delegation, is on his maiden visit to Turkey, since he assumed office on April 11.

A huge number of businessmen from the Turkey-Pakistan Business Forum, Turkish and Pakistani investors, and officials from the boards of investment of Turkey and Pakistan attended the event.

The prime minister said the government has done away with all the impediments to the business sector and urged the Turkish investors to invest their capital in multiple sectors like agriculture, IT (information technology), dairy, textile, and many other fields.

“My investors are my masters. Come to Pakistan. We will genuinely roll out the red carpet for them,” he added.

PM Shehbaz also assured the Turkish investors that they would face no hurdles in their future ventures in Pakistan, as they had been doing over the last four years.

He said under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has achieved tremendous progress with its companies executing gigantic projects in multiple fields, including dams and infrastructure building across the globe.

Speaking high of the warm reception given to him and his delegation, the prime minister said the two countries enjoyed fraternal relations, dating back centuries.

He also thanked the Turkish people and the leadership for supporting Pakistan during the earthquakes and floods, besides showing its unwavering support for the Kashmir cause.

The prime minister also reiterated Pakistan’s stance to support Turkey on the Cyprus issue.

On the occasion, he also apologised for “maltreatment to some Turkish companies”.

“I apologise to you personally,” he said while stressing the need to progress forward for mutual ties. The prime minister was referring to the maltreatment of some Turkish businessmen during the previous government’s tenure.

PM Shehbaz also said that Turkish cooperation enabled Pakistan to materialise the metro-bus service and solid waste management among other projects.

The prime minister went on to say that Ankara had successfully executed development projects in the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world.

Earlier today, PM Shehbaz, along with a high-level delegation, arrived in Ankara on a three-day official visit.

He was warmly received by Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and senior government and diplomatic personnel at the Ankara Esenboga Airport.

A smartly turned-out contingent of the Turkish Army presented a salute to the prime minister, who is on his maiden visit to Turkey after assuming the office on April 11, this year.

The premier is also scheduled to have a tete-a-tete with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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