Ch Sarwar, Uzbek deputy governor eye boost in bilateral ties

LAHORE – Uzbekistan’s Namangan region Deputy Governor Inamov Okibjon, along with a 14-member delegation, called on Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar at Governor House here on Sunday.

The delegation consisted of deputy ministers of Investment and Foreign Trade Departments, senior officials, and top businessmen of Namangan region. The two sides agreed to promote cooperation in trade, economy, culture, and other areas of common interest.

Abdullayev Nodirbek from Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, Muzaffar Abdug from Ministry of Economic Development, and other officials joined the meeting at the Governor House, Lahore.

Pakistani businessmen including Mian Ahsan, Talat Mehmood, Anwar A Ghani, Anjam Nisar, Azmat Saeed, Awais Rauf, Fawad Mukhtar, and others also joined the meeting. The Uzbek delegation expressed interest to invest in Pakistan in various sectors and lauded government’s efforts to facilitate the foreign investors.

Talking to the delegation, Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar said that both Pakistan and Uzbekistan had long and deep historical and cultural ties. He said that both countries were getting closer and closer with the passage of time. He said that the Railway corridor from Uzbekistan to Afghan city Mazar Sharif and Peshawar was a historical project. “Through this project, economic routes to China and Europe can be linked,” he added.

The governor welcomed the Uzbek investor’s keen interest to invest in different sectors of Pakistan. He said that cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan in trade, economy and energy needed to be strengthened. “All foreign investors intending to invest in Pakistan will be provided with all facilities and security,” he said.

Uzbekistan’s Namangan region Deputy Governor Inamov Okibjon said: “Our investors have already invested in Pakistan, and we will increase the investments further. The Uzbek government is cooperating with Pakistan in the health and education sector. 

Tourism and cultural ties are being extended.” He also applauded the Pakistan government’s efforts to tackle coronavirus pandemic.

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