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Federal Minister for Commerce Holds Crucial Meeting With ‘Fruit Juice Council’

The Federal Minister for Commerce, Jam Kamal Khan, emphasized the need for Pakistan and Belarus to strengthen their bilateral trade relations and fully utilize their potential. According to a press release, Pakistan has been exporting a diverse range of goods to Belarus, including medical apparatus, medicaments, rice, textiles, leather articles, footwear, sports requisites, cutlery, mangoes, and cotton garments.

However, Pakistan’s imports from Belarus only include agriculture tractors, fertilizer, wood pulp, and motor vehicles. Minister Khan highlighted Pakistan’s significant position as the fourth-largest dairy producer globally and urged the exploration of new avenues to capitalize on this opportunity.

He suggested that Belarus upgrade its tractors to meet Pakistan’s agricultural requirements and emphasized the importance of both government-to-government (G to G) dialogues and business-to-business (B to B) meetings to enhance trade volume and strengthen bilateral ties. Although the recorded total trade volume between the two countries is $19.05 million, Minister Khan indicated that this figure falls short of the true potential of trade between the two nations.

He referenced the outcomes of the 6th Pakistan-Belarus Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) session held in Minsk from January 12-13, 2023, where both parties evaluated ongoing bilateral cooperation in trade. Additionally, Ambassador Mr. Andrei Metelitsa emphasized Belarus’s expertise in manufacturing harvesters and electric vehicle (EV) transports and suggested deeper cooperation between the two countries in these sectors.

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