NEW DELHI, Dec 9 (Bernama) – The Pakistan-Malaysia Business Council (PMBC) has called for a direct shipping link and an increase in the frequency of air services between both countries to further boost bilateral trade.The absence of these services was holding back progress in bilateral trade, it said.
At a meeting of the board of directors, the council took note of the fact that with the exception of one or two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights, there were no other direct services from Karachi to Kuala Lumpur.
Hence, Pakistan’s perishable goods like fruits and vegetables were not being exported in commercial quantities, the country’s Financial Daily reported.
According to the report, it was decided at the PMBC meeting that Malaysia Airlines and PIA should be approached to increase the frequency of flights between the two destinations, as there was a lot of traffic available.
Besides trade flow, there were a large number of tourists from Pakistan who travel to Malaysia, it said.
As for shipping, the report said the council hopes that the Malaysia Shipping Corporation (MISC) would play a pivotal role in enhancing the sea links.
The report quoted PMBC’s chairman, Bashir Jan Mohammed, who presided over board meeting as saying that a review of the Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Malaysia will take place next month in Islamabad.
Bashir had said that he would take up all issues causing problems in exports from Pakistan at that meeting, to ensure they were resolved at the earliest.
Source From: BERNAMA