ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has invited and offered Saudi Arabia to invest in Pakistan mega projects in oil and gas sector and the petrochemicals field.
Pakistan has offered Saudi Arabia to enhance the bilateral relations into strong and strategic economic partnership.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to work out proposals for enhancing bilateral economic cooperation through identifying specific areas in trade and investment.
The agreement was reached in a meeting of the Joint Pak-Saudi Working Group on Trade and Investment was held at Islamabad. Federal Commerce Secretary Mohammad Younus Dagha and Saudi Arabian Foreign Trade Deputy Minister Abdulrahman Alharbi co-chaired the session.
The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan H.E. Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki, officials from Saudi Ministries of Commerce and Investment, Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, SABIC, Maaden and officials from Ministries of Commerce, Energy and National Food Security, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Board of Investment participated in the meeting.
Federal Secretary Commerce Mohammad Younus Dagha emphasized that Pakistan government desires that the long and historic relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia should be translated into enhanced economic partnership.
He invited Saudi government and private sector to invest in Oil Refining, Petro chemicals and food processing industry in Pakistan. After the official discussions, Petroleum Division, and leading private sector companies presented their project proposals.
The follow up of first JWG meeting was also discussed to resolve non- tariff barriers, facilitating business visas, and logistic arrangements of Pakistan Single Country Exhibition in Jeddah as well as activating Joint Business Council.
Abdulrahman Alharbi elaborated that the Kingdom desires to have close economic partnership with Pakistan and the two countries could cooperate and have joint ventures in petro chemicals, food processing and other sectors.
The Saudi delegation also comprised of six businessmen from petro-chemical and food sectors. Their B2B meetings were arranged with Pakistani companies from meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables, rice and petrochemical sectors on 6th September 2018.
The companies presented details of their meat and food processing plant which meet Saudi standards and have been registered by Saudi Food and Drug Agency. The Saudi side expressed keen interest in the investment projects and trade proposals and the two sides agreed to take further steps expeditiously to materialize these proposals.