Frutas y HortalizasSep. 14, 2016
Pakistán busca aumentar sus exportaciones a Rusia
On Sunday 11 September, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) called on the government to extend all possible assistance and facilitation to exporters in order to enable them to focus on Russia, which offered immense opportunities for boosting exports of agricultural products.
FPCCI Vice President Riaz Khattak said that Russian food and agricultural imports stood at $43 billion during 2013, while its ban on the import of food products from the West and Europe had created a huge opportunity for Pakistan to enhance its agricultural exports to Russia.
“But we didn’t seize that opportunity,” he lamented.
FPCCI Regional Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad said that Russia’s annual import of citrus was around USD 1.60 billion, but Pakistan’s share was below 3 percent, which could be significantly improved with better marketing and facilitation to exporters.
Citing the absence of banking channels between Pakistan and Russia as one of the major reasons behind the stagnant volume of bilateral trade, horticultural exporters here have demanded the two countries set up banking channels soon.
During a meeting with the Consul General of the Russian Federation, Oleg N. Avdeev, in Karachi on Wednesday 7 September, a delegation of Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA), led by its Chairman Waheed Ahmed stressed the importance of establishing banking channels between Pakistan and Russia as soon as possible.
Waheed said he was optimistic that the bilateral trade will increase with the establishment of these banking channels. He said the bilateral trade volume could be enhanced to $1 billion from the existing figure of $390 million within one year by resolving the banking issue.