Sincere efforts are being made to further deepen and expand existing bilateral relations between Pakistan and France through regular exchanges of Parliamentarians, businessmen, students and cultural troupes of the two countries, says a press release received from Paris here today.
This was stated by the Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque while talking to Mr. Pierre Bédier President of General Council of Yvelines District during his visit to the city of Versailles, near Paris, today. Mr. Francois Popponi Vice President of Pakistan France Friendship Group in the French National Assembly was also present during the meeting.
The Ambassador said that a 5-member delegation of French National Assembly and a 3-member delegation of the French senate are undertaking separate visits to Pakistan in December this year to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Ambassador said that more and more French companies are considering Pakistan as a preferred investment destination with a view to tap the huge potential of growing consumer market of 207 million people. He noted with satisfaction the recent announcement by Renault to set up car assembling plant in Karachi.
The Ambassador noted that there has been a steady increase in the volume of bilateral trade over the last few years which touched US$ 1.4 billion in 2016. He hoped that this upward momentum will continue in coming years to realize the full potential of the economies of the two countries. While referring to long history of cooperation in education, art culture and archeology the Ambassador said that Pakistan and France will be celebrating 60 years of the first French archaeological mission to Pakistan in 2018 by holding a special event in collaboration with Museum Guimet in Paris.
Mr. Pierre Bédier President of General Council while speaking on the occasion appreciated the constructive and positive role of the Pakistan community in the progress and prosperity of Yvelines District and underscore the need to further deepened the bilateral ties between the two countries especially in art, culture and education sectors.