Belgium is eager to strengthen its trade connections with Pakistan, according to Charles Delogne

The inauguration of the Belgian Business Contact Day and Catalogue Exhibition at the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) was officiated by Charles Delogne, the Ambassador of Belgium. The exhibition showcased books, magazines, and trade directories, offering visitors insights into various sectors such as tourism, education, services, agro-food processing, chemicals, surgical instruments, paper and paperboard, dairy, and renewable energy.

During the event, Ambassador Charles Delogne emphasized the importance of the current Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for Pakistan, extending for another four years until 2027. He highlighted the opportunity for Pakistan to implement GSP Plus conventions, focusing on labor rights, human rights, and environmental protection, which could significantly boost trade with EU countries.

Acknowledging Belgium’s strong ties with Pakistan, Ambassador Delogne mentioned that Belgium is the 5th largest trading partner of Pakistan in the EU. He expressed Belgium’s interest in expanding collaboration with Pakistan across various sectors, including trade, scientific research, renewable energy, and education.

In his welcome address, President RCCI Saqib Rafiq provided an overview of RCCI’s current activities and upcoming programs. He briefed Ambassador Delogne on potential joint ventures and investment opportunities in Pakistan, emphasizing Belgium’s significance as one of Pakistan’s key trading partners within the European Union. President Rafiq assured close collaboration between RCCI and the Belgian Embassy to strengthen connectivity between the private sectors of both countries.

The event was attended by Senior Vice President Muhammad Hamza Sarosh, Vice President Faisal Shahzad, Executive Committee Members, Trade Commissioner Abid Husain, Commercial Officer Shaukat Niazi, and other RCCI members.

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