LAHORE - The French Economic and Commercial Counsellor Dominique Simon has said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is planning to visit Pakistan by the end of the year to finalise an agreement of global partnership. He was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik, former President Mian Misbahur Rehman and former Senior Vice President Abdul Basit also spoke on the occasion. The French diplomat said that the agreement of global partnership between Pakistan and France would help Pakistani business to go gobal and technologically advance. He said that France had a history of relations with Pakistan and desires to further strengthen it. Dominique Simon, who spent well over an hour at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that French Minister of Foreign Trade Anne-Marie IDRAC along with a team of MPs and businessmen is also visiting Lahore to have a direct interaction with the business community. He said that France was ready to cooperate with Pakistan in civil nuclear technology to overcome the ongoing energy crisis and for that purpose French companies were ready to make investment. He said that ALCATEL and TOTAL were planning to increase their investments in coming days that makes the point that France desires early economic revival of Pakistan. Dominique Simon said that France had recently signed an agreement with Agriculture University Faisalabad that would help Pakistans agriculture sector in a big way. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali stressed the need for catalogue exhibitions, exchanges of delegations, holding single country exhibitions, and country weeks on reciprocal basis to increase the volume of two-way trade. He said that there was a vast scope of joint ventures in the field of food processing, mining, oil and gas. Joint venture opportunities also exist in the field of high technology that includes telecommunication, chemicals, automobiles and ship building, he added. Mian Muzaffar said that French companies could also participate in infrastructure development projects like railways, seaport development, telecommunications and electronics. He said Pakistans agriculture produce is among the best in the world but it has failed to exploit the traditional strength in agriculture, horticulture, livestock and food processing because of lack technology. Although Pakistan is the 5th largest producer of milk in the world, the existing industry is inadequate to meet the growing demand for milk and other dairy related products. In this regard, French equipment and technology can help exploit Pakistans full potential in agriculture, horticulture, dairy, livestock and food processing sectors. France and Pakistan have been steady trading partners. Analysis for the year 2007-08 shows that the trade between the two countries stood around $826 million. Pakistans imports from France remained $464 million, while Pakistans exports to France figured around $362 million during the year 2007. These figures clearly indicate that both the countries are not benefiting considerably in each others respective markets.