Pakistan’s Consul General Mr. Abdul Qadir Memon paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Mr. C.Y. Leung today at Government House, Hong Kong, says a press release received here today from Hong Kong
The Chief Executive felicitated Mr. Memon on his joining as Pakistan’s head of the Mission in Hong Kong and hoped that his stay would further strengthen the bilateral relations.
The Consul General and the Chief Executive exchanged views on issues related to trade, investment, cultural exchange and the Pakistani community living in Hong Kong.
Mr. C.Y. Leung said that a large number of Pakistan origin nationals have been making valuable contributions as citizens of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government recognizes and values their contributions in the socio economic development of the society.
The Chief Executive emphasized that there is great potential to enhance bilateral trade and investments. The private sectors from Pakistan and Hong Kong can collaborate to realise the business opportunities offered by the Belt and Road initiative of the Mainland China, as both regions are integral part of the landmark project and Hong Kong will play an important role as regional hub for finance.
Mr. Abdul Qadir Memon said that Pakistan is keen to deepen economic and trade relations with Honk Kong. At present the bilateral trade was below the potential of both countries. There were a number of challenges such as timely issuance of business visa, absence of direct flights and technical barriers to trade that need to be addressed. The Chief Executive assured his full support and cooperation in resolving these issues.
Mr. Abdul Qadir Memon also highlighted the presence of more than 200 students from Pakistan in higher education in Hong Kong. This number could be further enhanced if more scholarships were available to foreign students. The Chief Executive emphasized the importance of foreign students as a link of Hong Kong with outside world. He assured that his government plans to increase the number of scholarships that would benefit Pakistan students.
The Chief Executive reassured his continued support to promote and strengthen relations between both Pakistan and Hong Kong and stated that his colleagues from the government will work closely with the Pakistan Consulate in exploring avenues of cooperation.