ABUJA- Pakistan and Nigeria have agreed to cooperate in counter terrorism, defense, enhancement of trade, commerce and industry, agriculture, infrastructure, investment, tourism, culture, human resource development, cooperation at international forums and reforms in UN security council.
These understandings have been emerged in Pakistan Nigeria talks. President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain and President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria led their respective delegations. Soon after the talks Pakistan and Nigeria inked four memorandums of understanding. These decisions and MOUs were announced in a joint press conference addressed by the both the Presidents.
President Mamnoon Hussain offered cooperation in different fields to his counterpart. He offered deep sympathy and concern over the recent abduction of 273 girl students on 14 April 2014 and prayed for their early and safe recovery.
He said he had One-on-One meeting with President Jonathan which was followed by delegation level talks in which they explored ways and means to further strengthen our bilateral relations. The meetings were held in very friendly and cordial atmosphere. We agreed on several matters including high level exchanges; further strengthening of relations in economic, trade, energy, oil and gas, financial, health, education, agriculture, livestock and dairy products, human resources development and investment. We underlined the need
to institutionalize the existing economic cooperation for which Agreement on Economic Cooperation (Comprehensive Economic Partnership) has to be concluded on priority basis with a view to give momentum to the bilateral relations. We also underscored the importance of entering into joint ventures in sugar, cement and fertilizer sectors.
He said both the sides emphasized the need to conclude Bilateral Investment Treaty; Air Services Agreement; Bilateral Trade Agreement; Cooperation Agreement on the Transfer of Convicted Persons and MoU on Health Cooperation for further enhancement of bilateral relations.
The need to further enhance the existing cooperation in the field of defence particularly on enhancing cooperation in counter-terrorism was highlighted. It was also agreed to convene the meeting of the Joint Committee on agriculture at the earliest. After the talks the two countries signed Agreements in the Field of Tourism; Agriculture Cooperation; Cooperation in Combating Illicit Trafficking of
Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals and MoU in the Field of Industrial Cooperation; Culture Exchange Programme and on the Establishment of Joint Business Council was held today morning.
The President announced the opening of Commercial Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, in Lagos. He extended an invitation to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to undertake a bilateral visit to Pakistan at mutually convenient dates which was accepted. The dates would be finalized through diplomatic channels.He said it is gratifying to note that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has been extending assistance to the government of Nigeria in integration of their software system.
The President said at is matter of great satisfaction that the total volume of our bilateral trade during 2012-2013 has more than doubled as compared to our trade in 2011-2012. This is in line with our vision of strengthening trade relation with Nigeria not only in the bilateral context but also in the context of the decision taken during the D-8 Summit. He said effort is required to further enhance our bilateral trade through more frequent exchange of trade delegations.