KARACHI: According to Palestine’s United Exhibitions and Conferences CEO Haityam Yakhluf, the Arab-Pakistan Business Forum and Exhibition will enable the private sectors of both countries to engage and explore avenues for joint ventures and investment in areas of mutual interest.

Both sides addressed the possibility of holding the first Arab-Pakistan Business Forum and Exhibition in Pakistan in September or October to promote trade and investment ties between the two countries during an online meeting with President Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).

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Yakhluf reported that approximately 100 Arab businessmen and businesswomen and about 50 exhibition participants had expressed strong interest in attending the Arab-Pakistan Business Forum. His firm was also involved in promoting Pakistan’s investment in Arab countries, including Palestine.

The ICCI chief welcomed the Palestinian company’s proposal to organize a business forum in Pakistan in partnership with the ICCI and assured him of his help in making the event a success.

Khan said Pakistan has a diverse economy with much potential for fostering trade and investment relations with Arab countries, and he hoped the forum would be a good step toward making those possibilities a reality.

Textiles, rice, fruits and vegetables, oil and gas, building and real estate, cement, IT, pharmaceuticals, leather, sports, electronics, and light engineering are all potential trade, joint ventures, and investment between Pakistan and Arab countries according to him.

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