Pak-Africa Trade Development Conference
Ministry of Commerce has hosted the Pak - Africa Trade Development Conference (30-31 Jan 2020) in Nairobi, Kenya. Pakistan, being the gateway to the landlocked Central Asian States and the shortest trade route to China and South East Asia is set to explore and engage potential rich African countries for enhanced trade relations.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Industry Abdul Razzaq Dawood, and Secretary Commerce Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera were representing Pakistan along with Secretary Maritime Affairs Rizwan Ahmed.
The Federal Secretary, Maritime Affairs Rizwan Ahmed in his address to the conference highlighted the significance of Pakistani ports to African countries, which has been acknowledged as the most viable option as far as the shipping cost and unimpeded access of African goods to Central Asian Republics and western China is concerned. Especially CPEC, the flagship project of OBOR, has bolstered the importance of Gawadar port, and once connected by road links it will add new dimensions to regional as well as global trade.
President of Kenya inaugurated the conference, which was attended by the Pakistani Ambassadors posted in Africa, delegates from 26 African countries and business delegations from Pakistan representing various sectors of trade.