Pakistan’s FM in Kenya for first-ever Pakistan-Africa Trade Development Conference

World Faizah Kamal 28-Jan-2020
Africa and Pakistan
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On January 28, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on left for a two-day (January 29-30) official visit to Kenya.

During the visit, Qureshi will hold meetings with the Kenyan leadership, including Cabinet Secretaries for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, African Community and Northern Corridor Development, Transport and Ports, as well as for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, a Foreign Office statement said.

The first-ever Pakistan-Africa Trade Development Conference, hosted jointly by the Ministries of Commerce and Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan, will be held in Nairobi on January 30-31.

Alongside Foreign Minister Qureshi, the Advisor on Commerce, Textiles, Industry and Production, and Investments, Abdul Razzak Dawood, will also participate in the conference.

Both the Foreign Minister and the Advisor will address the Inaugural Session.

Together with the Kenyan Cabinet members, dignitaries from other African States and Pakistani envoys in Africa, the Conference will also be attended by a strong contingent of businesspeople and entrepreneurs from Pakistan, who will interact with their African counterparts. Overall, some 300 participants are expected to attend.

Africa’s increasing integration and growth momentum, together with Pakistan’s potential as a connectivity hub, have opened multiple avenues for a ‘win-win’ collaboration.

The conference will provide a platform for G2G (Government to Government) and B2B (Business to Business) interaction.

It will be an important opportunity for Pakistani and African businesses to interface, identify the areas for enhanced engagement, and develop proposals for customised economic collaboration.

The conference was part of Pakistan’s ‘Engage Africa’ initiative, which was in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to forge closer political and economic ties with the African continent, and place a stronger accent on economic diplomacy, the foreign office statement said.

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