Rawalpindi - The ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Nigeria, Lt General (Retd) Agha Omer Farooq, said that there were huge business opportunities for Pakistani businessmen in Nigeria. He said that the businessmen community neglected Nigeria in past, now Pakistan embassy in Nigeria would assist Pakistani businessmen to promote trading and business opportunities between the two countries.

Pakistan embassy would also support RCCI to organise single country expo in Nigeria. He was exchanging these views with the President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) during his visit to chamber on Friday. Raja Amer Iqbal, Syed Kazim Hassan, Irfan Manan and others were also present on the occasion.

Omer Farooq said that business community on both sides could play a key role to boost the trade horizons of Pakistan and Nigeria to new heights. He said that Nigeria has vast natural resources of oil and gas and could be a great market for Pakistani products; local business community must tap Nigeria for traditional and non-traditional items.

Speaking on the occasion President RCCI Syed Asad Mashadi said that Rawalpindi chamber was planning to organise a single country expo in Nigeria to promote bilateral trade ties.

 He was of the view that business community on both sides should interact on regular basis and exchange of trade delegations must be made on monthly basis to create friendly atmosphere between two communities.

The president RCCI said that chamber was willing to enhance bilateral trade with Nigeria with regionally produced items like pharmaceutical, marble and gems and jewellery. He further said that Rawalpindi region has huge potential in handicrafts and other cottage industry. He ensured his full cooperation to the ambassador-designate in this regard.