KARACHI - President of the Republic of Mauritius Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has

invited the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) delegation to Pakistan Week, scheduled to be held in Mauritius from Aug 14 to Aug 21, 2016.

Talking to the office-bearers of (KCCI) here on Thursday, she termed the event highly symbolic due to its coincidence with Pakistan’s Day of Independence.

She said the event would also provide an opportunity for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the KCCI and the Mauritius Chamber. “The signing of MoU will send a very strong signal that the two countries are keen to work with each other for the betterment of their people,” she added.

Ameenah further informed that this was her fourth visit to Pakistan, and first visit as a Head of the State. Highlighting the importance of location of Mauritius, she called upon the Pakistani businessmen to benefit from it, since it offered entrance to the African markets.

Giving her opinion about the business climate of Pakistan that she formed over the last two days, the Mauritian president said there was a lot of vibrancy in Pakistan’s business environment. “We are impressed to see the quality of products being produced in Pakistan,” Ameenah said, adding, “Mauritius is in the Indian Ocean, and being a gateway to Africa, these high quality Pakistani products could find their way to Africa.”

She further said that although government-to-government (G2G) and business-to-business (B2B) dialogue was taking place, but she thought now it was time to move to people-to-people contact, adding, “This will make a difference.”

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Businessmen Group & former president KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli hoped the visit of Mauritian president would surely help in exploring ways of enhancing trade and bringing the business communities of the two countries more close to each other.

Earlier, welcoming the Mauritian president, KCCI President Younus Muhammad Bashir appreciated the support and cooperation being extended by the Mauritian government to KCCI through the Embassy of Mauritius in Pakistan and its honourary consulate in Karachi.

Commenting on Pakistan-Mauritius trade and economic relations, he pointed out that during Fiscal Year 2015, Pakistan exported goods worth $36.23 million, while its imports stood at $5.63 million.

Terming it an issue, he said although the potential to enhance trade between the two countries existed, but it was not reflecting in the trade volume.

Ministry Counselor Mauritius Mr. Lam Chiu Yee, Head of Department-Board of Investment Mauritius Mrs. Nirmala Jeetah, Secretary General of Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other officials accompanied the Mauritian president on the occasion.