PR No. 58 Islamabad
President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan regards Japan as a close friend and a reliable economic partner. Pakistan looks forward to a greater level of cooperation with Japan particularly in the areas of trade, investment, infrastructure, energy and capacity building of institutions.
The President was talking to Ambassador-designate of Pakistan to Japan Dr. Asad Majeed Khan who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Friday.
Congratulating the Ambassador-designate on his new assignment, the President stated that engaging Japan at every level and advocating Pakistan’s position on Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) should be one of Ambassador’s major tasks.
The President emphasized that pro-active measures are needed to boost the existing level of bilateral trade between the two countries. He also added that balance of trade is in favour of Japan, therefore, there is a need to enhance Pakistan’s exports to Japan. He also advised the ambassador-designate to encourage Japanese companies to invest in Pakistan to enhance the capacity of our industrial sector to produce value added goods. Moreover, he expressed confidence that Ambassador-designate will undertake strong efforts to get 3-4 year exception for Pakistani textiles under Japan’s Temporary Tariff Measures (like EU GSP+ model) to bring Pakistan at par with our competitors who enjoy free access to Japanese market.
The President also directed the ambassador-designate to actively pursue employment opportunities for Pakistani labour in Japan, especially in context of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The President appreciated the increase in number of Pakistani students availing educational scholarships in various prestigious institutions of Japan and stated that the ambassador-designate may explore further opportunities of higher studies, research and scholarships for our students in Japan.
The President wished the ambassador-designate success in discharge of his new responsibilities.