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Deputy Chairman planning commission Sartaj Aziz Meeting With Italian Ambassador

Dated : 11 October 2017

The Italian Ambassador Mr. Stefano Pontecorvo, called today on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission. He was accompanied by Mr. Roberto Puddu, the Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy.

​Mr. Sartaj Aziz expressed his satisfaction at the recent 46% increase in Pakistan’s trade with Italy, from $ 1.3 billion in 2015-16 to $ 2.0 billion in 2016-17.

​The Ambassador informed the Deputy Chairman, that there was growing interest among Italian business community to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan, specially in view of the new possibilities opening up under CPEC. The heads of many large Italian companies had visited Pakistan in recent months to meet officials and potential business partners specially in such fields as natural gas, LNG, automotive industry, agricultural machinery, textile machinery and the construction sector.

​The Ambassador invited the Deputy Chairman to visit Italy at a mutually convenient time to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.