ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday called for boosting bilateral trade with Senegal by enhanced collaboration in textiles, agricultural machinery and pharmaceutical sectors.
In a one-on-one meeting and later heading the delegation level talks both sides emphasised to further enhance the bilateral trade with the aim to increase the existing trade volume of $30.469 million to manifolds.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged Senegal to benefit from Pakistan's products, including leather and light engineering goods, and said a composite trade and investment delegation from Pakistan led by Minister of Commerce could visit Senegal in this regard.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan was planning to open Pakistani bank in Senegal, which would facilitate trade and investment between the two countries.
“A composite trade and investment delegation led by our Minister for Commerce could visit Senegal in this regard,” said the Prime Minister. He said that Pakistan can extend technical support to Senegal for establishment of sugar and cement plants and can also help in promoting its agriculture sector. Matters pertaining to defence cooperation between the two countries and the proposal for opening a Pakistani bank in Senegal was also discussed during the meeting.
Pakistan offered to cooperate in the fields of intelligence sharing, control of human and drug trafficking and capacity building in counter terrorism for Senegal. “We are happy to offer scholarships for Senegalese students in various fields of education and training in prestigious institutions of Pakistan. I welcome your decision to open Senegalese Embassy in Islamabad, which will further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between our two countries,” he added.
Premier Sharif recalled his meetings with President Macky Sall at United Nations General Assembly session last year in New York and later in Saudi Arabia, where the two sides agreed to develop greater cooperation in diverse fields.
Nawaz Sharif congratulated the Senegalese President on the election of his country as the non-permanent member of UN Security Council for the term 2016-17 and expressed confidence that Senegal would play a pro-active role in protecting and promoting the interests of Islamic countries.
He lauded President Macky Sall in ensuring democracy in his country following the general election of 2012 and mentioned his positive role in resolving the regional disputes.
The Prime Minister welcomed the decision of President Sall to open Senegalese Embassy in Islamabad, adding that it would further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
The visiting delegation included Mansour Elimane KANE, Minister for Infrastructure, Oumar Demba BA, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, Gnounka DIOUF, Minister Counsellor to the Presidency, Hamidou Samba KASSE, Minister Counsellor for Communications and others.
The Prime Minister was assisted in these meetings by Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to PM, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Defence and other senior officials of the government.
Earlier on his arrival, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif earlier received President Macky Sall at the Nur Khan Air base.
Upon his arrival at the Prime Minister House national anthems of the two countries were played. The President of Senegal was presented a guard of honour by a contingent of the armed forces. He reviewed the guard.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif introduced the Senegalese President with his cabinet. The visiting dignitary also introduced his 34-member delegation to the Prime Minister. The visit of a Senegalese leader to Pakistan comes after 15 years.