Italy aspires new era of economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan: Italian envoy

Italy to provide ease of VISA to Pakistani business community



ISLAMABAD, Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese on Sunday vowed to simplify the process of VISA issuance to Pakistani businessmen and traders to further promote business to business ties between Pakistan and Italy.

“Simplification of the VISA process and procedure is the top priority of the Italian embassy in Islamabad”

This would help business communities the both the countries to enhance mutual interaction for exploring new avenues of mutual businesses and investment to increase the bilateral trade between both sides, Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese told APP here at the sidelines of meeting with local business leader in Capital office of Federation Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).

The Ambassador said that dairy and Agriculture and livestock, olive and olive products, plastics, processed food and the construction sector were the areas where Italy could extend its cooperation with Pakistan.

The senior diplomat said Italy wanted to start a new era of economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan through transfer of technology for upgradation of Pakistan’s agro and textiles industry.

He said that both of the countries were inter-reliant to each other as Pakistan has around 60 percent of young people in total of its population which need to be trained in modern skills and technology, while Italy has 35 percent of the old age population and the country is more advanced in technology and modern skills.

He was of the view that Italy can extend its cooperation to equip and train the local youth with modern skills and technology for enhance their contribution in the local economy.

Andreas Ferrarese said that “We are living the era of economic diplomacy and economic trade relations are the assurance for peace, harmony and stability between the countries.”

He said that both sides want to achieve their economic and trading integration through the cooperation and exchange of culture and art for cement bilateral relations.

The envoy said that Italian embassy in Islamabad has initiated the series of cultural and economic derives in three different cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore to provide opportunity to the cultural and business leaders for mutual interaction.

While replying to another question on cooperation in the green economy, he said that Italy is committed to extend collaboration with Pakistan to promote the green economy for sustainable development in Pakistan.

He said green economy, transfer of technology for industrial sector including textiles and agro-industry; construction sector, education and health are major areas of focus to extend the bilateral cooperation.





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