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PFIA calls for signing FTA with Indonesia

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By Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: The Pakistan FMCG Importers Association (PFIA) has called upon the Indonesian government to work on developing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for promoting mutual trade especially in the FMCG sector.
It has also urged the Indonesian government for easing the visa policy and cutting down the visa application processing time for the businessmen.
The Association also proposed to hold Indonesian-Expo in all the major cities of Pakistan to promote quality Indonesian products in Pakistan and reciprocating this effort by ensuring Pakistani businessmen delegation’s participation in Indonesia Trade Export 2018 to help introduction of Pakistani products.
These demands were raised by the PFIA at a meeting with Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Iwan Suyudhie Amri here on Wednesday. The Ambassador was invited by the Association to discuss different avenues for increasing the bilateral trade between both the brotherly Islamic countries.
The Pakistan FMCG Importers Association team was led by its Secretary General Ali Tariq Mattoo, Senior Vice-Chairman Muhammad Ejaz Tanveer, Zeeshan Bukhsi and others.
The Association also urged the Indonesian envoy to play his role in convincing the new Pakistani government for rationalising the customs duties, complete withdrawal of regulatory duty on import of different items especially FMCG products, providing cheaper utilities so as to create an environment conducive to business.
The PFIA delegation claimed that Pakistan currently ranked at 147th position in the index of ease of doing business much lower than its regional competitors. There are many complications including heavy import duties and regulatory duty a major deterrent in enhancing bilateral trade.
Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Iwan Suyudhie Amri speaking on this occasion assured the Pakistani businessmen to look into their issues and help arranging expo of Indonesian products in Pakistan and facilitating visit of Pakistani businesses to his country for promotion of Pakistani products.

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