KARACHI - The Japanese Consul General in Karachi, Masaharu Sato, has emphasised the significance of expanding the vibrant middle class in Pakistan.

He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the 60 years of friendship and diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan here on Saturday

evening.The function was organized by the chairman of the Pakistan-Japan Business Fourum, Abdul Kader Jaffer.

Masaharu Sato was of the view that to establish the middle class, the job opportunities must be drastically increased.

He believed that one of the most effective ways to increase the job opportunities was through inviting the foreign direct investment (FDI) and the introduction of foreign technology. The Consul General opined that for the introduction of the FDI there should also be a consistent industrial policy with long term perspective.

He also suggested that along with this the structural reforms and better law and order would help Pakistan make a rapid headway and attain a prominent place in the comity of nations. Sato also praised the role of Pakistan Japan Business Forum towards further strengthening the ties between the two countries.

In his welcome address on the occasion, Abdul Kader Jaffer spoke of the close friendly ties between Pakistan and Japan which is cementing further with the passage of time.

He was of the view that they have to learn a lot from the Japanese people to attain the goal of rapid progress and development. The vote of thanks on the occasion was presented by Nakagawa Satoshi of the Pakistan Japan Business Forum.

The event was also attended by the prominent businessmen and the members of the diplomatic community.