UAE business delegation calls on?PM

ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan is blessed with immense natural resources and the government has tailored its economic policies to create congenial environment for investors. He said Pakistan has already liberalized its economy, consequently, the private sector has assumed the role of frontline player in the economic field. The Prime Minister while talking to a business delegation of the UAE, Maaza International Group of Companies at his Chamber in the Parliament House on Friday afternoon said that Pakistans thriving agriculture sector offers attractive investment opportunities. He pointed that agro and dairy industry is making 300 per cent profit in Pakistan. The Prime Minister assured complete support and cooperation to the chairman of the Maaza International Group of Companies Mohammad Abdullah Omran Al Omran and welcomed the group to make investment in the agro and dairy industry of Pakistan. He elaborated that Pakistan produces high quality mangoes, apple, citrus, dates, guava, apricots and other fruits in abundance. He regretted that a large quantity of these fruit go waste due to the lack of cold storage facilities and processing plants. The Prime Minister asked the group to set up canning and food processing industry in Pakistan and assured his governments full cooperation in this regard. The chairman of Maaza International said his group is interested to import mango pulp from Pakistan. He said his company is also studying the possibility for the establishment of a dairy farm in Sindh as well. He further said that his group of companies would prefer to import maximum inputs from Pakistan to meet the requirement of his 30 food processing units in the Gulf. At the end of the meeting, the Federal Minister presented two cheques Rs. 2.5 million on behalf of the Rice Corporation of Pakistan and Rs. 149,300 on behalf of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the Prime Ministers Fund for flood victims. The meeting was also attended by the Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Minister of State Mir Ayat Ullah Durrani, Eltigani Ibrahim Hammad Bilal, Saleem Akhter, Malik Ghulam Abbas, Principal Secretary to the PM, Secretary Agriculture, Junaid Iqbal Chaudhry and other senior officials.

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