KARACHI - Consul General of Switzerland Emil Wyss has said economic relations between Pakistan and Switzerland are deep-rooted and many Swiss companies are doing business in Pakistan independently and as joint venture.

During his visit to Pakistan Chemicals & Dyes Merchants Association, he expressed gratitude and solidarity. Pakistan and Switzerland are facing bilateral trade deficit, however trade potential between Pakistan and Switzerland is enormous and both countries enjoyed a better volume in the recent past, he added. He encouraged the business community to enhance exports of textile & agriculture products to Switzerland. He highly appreciated the role of Swiss-Pak Council for initiating skill development programmes to groom the Pak human resource for better professional services in order to augment the exports.

Consul General also disclosed that Switzerland has recently joined Schengen Treaty and now Pakistanis having Schengen visa can also visit Switzerland, however, Swiss Embassy & Consulate can provide visa in one month period after necessary processing.  He said dialogue between business communities of two countries are much needed to further explore the trade potential. Swiss Consul General disclosed that Switzerland ranks Pakistan as priority country for trade and the Top Ten Foreign Investors in Pakistan are Swiss Companies, namely, ABB, Nestle, Clariant, Sulzer etc.

Earlier, Nadeem Aftab, Vice Chairman PCDMA expressed respect to Swiss Confederation and  drew the attention of Consul General of Switzerland towards exports potential in textiles & chemical products,  fruits & fresh juices & agro based products, handicrafts, surgical & sports items.  He also asked the Consul General to motivate other prominent Swiss companies to invest in the energy sector in order to accelerate the bilateral commercial and industrial activities, he recommended for exchange of delegations and participation of Pakistani Businessmen in international trade fairs of Switzerland.