Magic of cricket diplomacy to be exploited: Sri Lankan High Commissioner – UrduPoint NewsNews 

Magic of cricket diplomacy to be exploited: Sri Lankan High Commissioner – UrduPoint News

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Noordeen Mohmed Shaheid said on Wednesday the magic of cricket diplomacy would be exploited to give a quantum jump to bilateral trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka

FAISALABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 9th Jan, 2019 ) :Sri Lankan High Commissioner to
Pakistan Noordeen Mohmed Shaheid said on Wednesday the magic of
cricket diplomacy would be exploited to give a quantum jump to bilateral trade between
Pakistan and
Sri Lanka.

Addressing the business community at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), he said that a friendly cricket match would be arranged in Lahore or in any other major city of Pakistan very soon.

He said that Sri Lanka passed through a long war-like situation during the last three decades, however, now a civilian government was in-place and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had tasked him to enhance bilateral trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

He appreciated the common values of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and said that Pakistanis were also very hospitable in addition to sharing many other similarities.

He mentioned cricket as the common passion of the two nations and said that Pakistanis celebrate the victory of Sri Lankan team in international events and similarly the Sri Lankan people enjoy the Pakistan‘s victory as their own success.

He said that Pakistan was lucky to have a renowned cricket celebrity of Irman Khan who was striving hard to put Pakistan on road to progress and prosperity.

The Sri Lankan HC said that Pakistan won world cup in 1992, whereas, Sri Lanka achieved the distinction in 1996.

He said that sports could be utilized to enhance bilateral trades to new heights.

He said that Pakistan was the first country in SAARC bloc that inked free trade agreement with Sri Lanka.

Shaheid underlined the importance of honesty to increase trade and said that he would work with commitment and dedication to enhance bilateral trade.

He said that he had visited the Buddhists monuments in Texila and Peshawar and hoped that Pakistan should exploit the potential of its religious tourism by providing an opportunity to the followers of Buddha to visit their holy shrines which were kept in best condition.

He also pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan was serious in promoting tourism in Pakistan and his vision would help Pakistan to earn sufficient foreign exchange from Sri Lankan tourists.

Similarly, Sri Lanka is also a very beautiful country and people of Pakistan should visit this country to see its serenity and natural beauty, he added.

He further said that Sri Lanka also enjoys status of GSP plus from European Union (EU) and hence, Pakistani garments’ manufacturers could set up their units in new export processing zones being developed in Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kalpitiya.

Responding to a question about Sri Lankan tea, Noordeen Mohmed Shaheid said that Pakistani generally like black tea which was also grown in Sri Lanka, adding that currently the share of Sri Lankan tea in tea market of Pakistan was only 2 percent.

He said that he intends to enhance it up to 20 percent during next 12 months. In this connection, “I am negotiating with 200 major super stores of Lahore for the sale of Sri Lankan black tea,” he added.

Responding to yet another question, Mr. Noordeen said that the development of Sri Lanka lies in its high literacy rate.

Regarding Air linkages, he said that Air Lanka continued its operation when other international airlines were closing down their businesses in Pakistan.

He further said that currently Air Lanka was operating five flights for Karachi and three flights for Lahore per week.

Earlier, FCCI president Syed Zia Alumdar Hussain said that the elected trade body was serving the business community of Faisalabad for the last 44 years. Currently, it has 7000 members within its folds. Although our members are working in diversified sectors yet textile is the main stay of its economy, he added.

He said that the share of Faisalabad in total textile of export is 45 percent.

He also presented some proposals to fully exploit the existing trade potential of the two countries.

FCCI Vice President Engineer Ehtisham Javed also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, a documentary on Faisalabad and FCCI was screened while a question-answer session was also held in which Sri Lankan Consoler/Head of Chancellery Muhammad Anas answered the questions asked by Haleem Akhtar Malik and Secretary General FCCI Abid Masood.

Later, Syed Zia Alumdar Hussain along with executive members presented FCCI shield to Sri Lankan High Commissioner.

Anas Consoler and Rehmatullah Javed of Sri Lankan Embassy were also decorated with FCCI pins.

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