Ambassador of Nepal Tapas Adhikari has stressed that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) should explore the possibility of starting direct flights between Islamabad and Kathmandu, which will help in promoting two-way trade between the two countries.

During a visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Monday, the ambassador said that both countries enjoyed cordial relations and resumption of flights would further strengthen the close trade ties.

He said that trade promotion and exchange of delegations would help both sides to improve bilateral trade ties. He said that Pakistan and Nepal had great scope to enhance cooperation in the tourism sector as both countries had the highest peaks in the world.

“The two countries are important members of Saarc,” the envoy said and stressed that the Pakistani business community should visit Nepal while he would also try to bring a delegation of Nepalese businessmen to Pakistan for promoting business linkages between the two countries.

Also speaking on the occasion, RCCI President Mohammad Nasir Mirza highlighted tourism, pharmaceutical and IT as key sectors where joint ventures could possibly be made.

“Pakistan and Nepal should focus on developing strong business linkages between their private sectors in order to explore all untapped areas of bilateral trade and economic relations as the current volume of trade is far less than the actual potential,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2021.

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