Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda has said that Japan is willing to import mangoes, rice, fish and textile products from Pakistan and requested that arrangements be made at ports that could facilitate agri-product exports.
He stated this in a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, which was held to discuss the strengthening of bilateral trade ties.
During the meeting, Shaikh said Japan was a time-tested friend of Pakistan and had always supported the country. He expressed confidence that Pakistan’s relationship with Japan would continue to become stronger with each passing day.
The adviser spoke about the state of economy during the past year and the steps taken by the government to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shaikh stated that before Covid-19, Pakistan’s economy had started moving in the right direction. “We had been successful in increasing our tax revenues, controlling current account deficit, generated primary surplus, controlled expenditures, put a ban on borrowing from the central bank and were successful in creating an environment conducive for exports,” he added.
He said he was very hopeful that Pakistan would regain stability as the number of active Covid-19 cases was declining.
The envoy expressed hope that with regional peace and stable political situation, the regional trade would flourish, offering better opportunities to Pakistan.
He told the adviser that Japan would extend support to Pakistan for debt relief and after preliminary work on the initiative, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be formally signed with Pakistan. He assured the government of Pakistan of complete assistance from Tokyo.