Pakistan can reap economic benefits by opening up its market to India: Canadian H. Commissioner

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 29 (APP) – The Canadian High Commissioner to Islamabad Greg Giokas said Wednesday Pakistan could reap benefits by opening up its market to India and could play a ‘leadership role’  in trade in the region by strengthening its agriculture. Greg Giokas was talking to agriculturalists of Sindh during two separate roundtables in Karachi on Wednesday and said agriculture could play a key role in its development. He expressed his confidence that with right policies it could become source of employment to  millions of people.

“Pakistan will also get economic benefits from opening its market to India and the rest of the world, as it will provide greater stability and much needed prosperity to Pakistan and the region,” said the Canadian top diplomat in Pakistan, said a statement  of the High Commission here.

One roundtable was hosted by  Hassan Ali Chandio, Chairman, Horticulture Board of Pakistan and an ex-minister of agriculture Sindh government and the other roundtable was with the Pakistan Agriculture Coalition group and its sponsors.

“Pakistan has a strong, dynamic and diversified agriculture and food sector and are confident that with the right direction and policies based on consultations with all stakeholders, the agriculture sector can play an important role in the development of Pakistan’s economy and promote regional prosperity and stability”, he said.

He said by increasing yields in the agriculture sector  and by strengthening it, Pakistan will play ‘a leadership role in trade and investment in the region’.

Pakistan has many competitive advantages, a very good infrastructure, a growing workforce and the agriculture sector is a particular strength.

The participants in the two roundtables  discussed next steps and emphasized on the issue of price stabilization to be looked at. The role of media in sensitizing the government and the farmers in rural area was highly encouraged.

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