Press Release - Pak-Japan Association meeting

    Tokyo (January 23, 2013) – Ambassador to Japan H.E. Farukh Amil said that Pakistan wants trade not aid with the world countries. He said while speaking at a seminar organized by Japan – Pakistan Association in collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan here today.

    He said that present democratic government, which for first time in the history of Pakistan is nearing to complete its term, wants the developed nations of world including Japan to have more trade relations instead of giving aid. He said that people of Pakistan see Japan and its people with respect and regard them as true and genuine friends of Pakistan. The ambassador underlined the need of close people to people contact through exchange of students, youth, singers, businessmen and cultural troupes between the two countries. He thanked the people and government of Japan for helping Pakistan in building its infrastructure like roads, Schools and hospitals in Pakistan referring specially to Kohat tunnel and Children Hospital in Karachi.

    The assistance given by Japan in 2005 - earthquake and floods of 2010, 2012 were marvelous, he added. He urged the business community to come to Pakistan as it is an ideal country for investment where already more than 50 Japanese companies are operating and earning a remarkable amount of profits. He said that terrorism is global phenomenon despite being victim of terrorism, the situation in Pakistan is not so bad, no foreign investors have even faced any problem in Pakistan till yet. He called upon the Japanese companies already working in Pakistan to bring their competitors as they will earn more through competition in the business. He urged the Bank of Japan Mitsubishi which is going to celebrate its 60 years of operations in Pakistan, to expand its branches to Lahore, Islamabad and Northern Areas of Pakistan. Banking sector play an important role in the revitalizing the economy of my country, he said. He called upon the Toyota, Honda and Suzuki motors companies to indigenize their products in Pakistan. He said Pakistan and Japan are natural friends as Pakistan has abundant resources and dedicated manpower and Japan has the latest technology, through mutual cooperation both the countries can benefit a lot to boost their economies and raise the living standard of masses through additional incomes.

    In the end the Ambassador thanked the Japan – Pakistan Association for arranging this seminar. Earlier President of Japan – Pakistan Association Shun Imaizumi welcomed the Ambassador to Japan and said that under his ambassadorial tenure Japan and Pakistan would come more and more closer and relations would be further strengthened.