Makkah, Karachi chambers to ink MoU boosting bilateral trade

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
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Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki says interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments. (KCCI)
Updated 18 September 2019

Makkah, Karachi chambers to ink MoU boosting bilateral trade

  • Saudi Arabia is one of the top exporters to Pakistan
  • Mutual events and joint investment can help enhance bilateral business ties, says MCCI chief

KARACHI: Makkah and Karachi chambers of commerce and Industry have agreed to offer each other their respective premises for promotion of bilateral trade and investment, officials told Arab News on Tuesday.
“We have decided to sign an MoU under which the KCCI (Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry) will utilize the facilities of MCCI (Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in Saudi Arabia and the MCCI will utilize KCCI facilities for growth of bilateral trade and investment,” Junaid Ismail Makda, president of the KCCI told Arab News from Makkah who is on official visit of kingdom.
The two sides also agreed to exchange trade delegations to explore existing trade and investment opportunities in both countries, Makda said.
The Saudi delegation was led by Hisham Muhammad Kaaki, Chairman of the MCCI and also comprised of Ibrahim Fuad Bardeesi, secretary General of the Makkah Chamber and Fahad S. Damanhouri, Director of International Relations department of Makkah Chamber.
Makda who met with the officials of Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA) on Monday, said that the authority had expressed its desire to host Pakistani importers of assorted products including construction and PVC pipes.
Earlier on Friday, the MCCI chief met with his Pakistani counterpart in Karachi to explore ways of jointly developing the business sector of the two countries.
The meeting, headed by the visiting Saudi official, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and to mull over areas of shared interests for the business community in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Kaaki said that the visit to KCCI would help strengthen mutual cooperation, exchange of expertise, arrange bilateral visits and events, in addition to organizing forums and exhibitions to help develop private sector and result in strong ties between the entrepreneurs on both sides.
He added that interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments.
He lauded the relations between the two countries noting that he highly valued his visit to KCCI, which was Pakistan’s largest business body.
Ismail highlighted that Pakistan had a well developed textile and military industry, in addition to offering prospects in technology sector, civil engineering and other scopes of mutual interest. Organizing exhibitions would help strengthen bilateral ties indeed, he said.
The non-oil Saudi exports to Pakistan in the last five years are estimated at SR17 billion ($4.42 billion), including food items and construction material estimated at SR191 million and SR965 million respectively.
The Kingdom is one of the top exporters to Pakistan, while the latter exports textile goods, cloth, processed cotton, rice, meat, fruits, vegetables, spices, leather products, electronic and chemicals to Saudi Arabia.


Makkah governor, Pakistan’s consul general discuss Hajj arrangements

Updated 05 February 2020

Makkah governor, Pakistan’s consul general discuss Hajj arrangements

  • Majid presented a painting of Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, named after King Faisal, to the Makkah governor
  • Prince Khaled welcomed the consul general and recalled fond memories of his visit to Pakistan many years ago

MAKKAH: Khalid Majid, consul general of Pakistan in Jeddah, recently paid a courtesy call to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Majid expressed his gratitude for the facilities extended to the Pakistani mission as well as to the Pakistani community in the Kingdom.
Prince Khaled welcomed the consul general and recalled fond memories of his visit to Pakistan many years ago, and acknowledged the cordial relations between the two countries.
Issues related to the Pakistani community and upcoming Hajj arrangements were also discussed. The consul general extended an invitation to Prince Khaled to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience, which was accepted.
Majid presented a painting of Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, named after King Faisal, to the Makkah governor.