Press Release

Pakistan Belgium Business Forum organized a dinner reception in honour of Mr. Michel Kempeneers, Asia-Pacific Division of the Wallonia Foreign Trade & Investment Agency (AWEX) on 19th September, 2011 at a local hotel.

The Chief Guest was Mr. Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

Sameer Hamid Dodhy President Pakistan Belgium Business Forum in his welcome address said that Micheal Kempeneers visit was very important as he was here to assess the potential and prospects of business in Pakistan and to prepare the country strategy for the coming years. He stated that Mr Kempeneers was heading the most dynamic division within the Agency as it dealt with the emerging Asian markets.

Michel Kempeneers who is visiting Pakistan for the first time said that the perception of Pakistan abroad is quite different from what it can be described as ground reality. He said that it was a land of friendly people with enormous economic potential; and that that Wallonia could be future dynamic high tech partner of Pakistan.

Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive TDAP speaking as the chief guest on the occasion said "Belgium is Pakistan's 4th largest trading partner in Europe. He requested Director, AWEX for Belgium's technical and financial support in the areas of meat, pharmaceuticals, corporate agriculture and Halal food meat certification and logistic.

Speaking on the occasion Abid Husain, Trade Commissioner Royal Belgian Embassy said that Pakistan presents a multitude of opportunities and challenges to Belgian companies. Globalization, the word that is on every ones lips these days, has long been an established fact of life in Belgium. While the country represents 0.2% of the world's population, it accounts for almost 4% of world exports.

Mohammed Rajpar Vice President Pakistan Belgium Business Forum gave the vote of thanks and reminded the audience that the Forum was formed in 1997 under the umbrella of the Royal Belgian Embassy, Islamabad and over the years has contributed significantly to the building of bridges between our two countries.

The Pakistan Belgium Business Forum dinner reception was attended by members, former diplomats and the leading businessmen of Karachi.