LALAMUSA - Pakistan and Kenya are enjoying cordial relations that will be further strengthened with every passing day, said Prof Julius Kibet Bitok, the high commissioner of Kenya in Pakistan.

Addressing a big gathering of industrialists and traders held at Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the HC said, “At present the bilateral trade volume is about 700 million US dollars and we think over it how to raise it up to one billion US dollars and how further trade relations can be enhanced between the two countries.”

Kenya, he said, exports tea to Pakistan and imports rice, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments and sports goods from Pakistan and the trade can further be increased with the assistance of chambers of commerce of the two countries. He also invited the Gujrat Chamber to send a trade delegation to Kenya` to discover more fields of trade and discover new trade horizons commonly beneficial for both the countries beyond rice and tea trade. Kenya would appreciate and warmly welcome Pakistani traders and provide full cooperation for the purpose, he said.

He apprised the audience that there are tremendous opportunities in Mombasa for the export of electrical fans. “You can further capture markets through Kenya to Tanzania and East Africa. We import furniture from Turkey, China and Italy and similarly we will be helpful and appreciate the Pakistani manufacturers to hold furniture exhibition there,” he said.

Gujrat chamber of Commerce and Industry President Abrar Saeed also spoke on the occasion. Earlier a warm welcome was accorded to the guests.