STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a lot of common potentials in various development fields and they need to join hands to strengthen their respective economies.This consensus emerged during a meeting between LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and Sri Lankan Minister for Agriculture Naseer Ahmed held recently.The visiting minister said that the agriculture sector of both sides holds a lot to offer to each other and the public sector of his country has huge opportunities for Pakistans private sector. He said that the Sri Lankan businessmen had shown their willingness to do business with their Pakistani counterparts.

“Due to acute dry spell, Sri Lanka is planning to import 100,000 MT rice to meet its local demand. Since Pakistan is also a major player in rice exporting world over and have a number of varieties of rice, so Pakistan should also be given a bigger share in this regard,” said Kashif Anwar.He also said despite having good trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the two-way trade figures are not making any headway in recent years.

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