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Islamabad Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) To Send A High Powered Trade Delegation To Nigeria Who Will Meet Top Nigerian Business Magnates To Further Strengthened Ambassador Danladi Trade Links

By Abdul Majeed
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Sheikh Abdul Waheed, Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) announced yesterday during a high-level meeting of Federal Capital Business Community that Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) will send a High-Powered Trade Delegation to Federal Republic of Nigeria in August, 2016 to further strengthen the foundation of Trade Linkages laid by the Former Nigerian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni during his Diplomatic Tenure in Islamic Republic of Pakistan (2012-2015).

The High Powered Trade delegation will be led by Vice President, ICCI, Sheikh Abdul Waheed which will include the key businessmen from Islamabad Federal Capital, Manufacturers, Young Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industrialists.

He disclosed that ICCI High Powered Trade Delegation will strive to meet the President of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari , Hon Ministers, and Nigerian Business Community. The focus is to explore investment opportunities in the areas of Textiles, Solid Minerals, expanding cooperation between the two countries in Agriculture machinery, establishment of fertilizer production units, farming technology, livestock, leather products, poultry, fisheries, pharmaceuticals, rice processing, surgical equipments and the transfer of technology.

He said (ICCI) High Powered Trade Delegation will also meet the Former Nigerian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni and Senator (Dr) Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako, Former Governor of Sokoto State including the Sultan of Sokoto State , Amirul Mumineen Sultan Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar IVbesides visiting the Sokoto Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nigerian Business Community in Abuja and Lagos Business Club including visit to the Pakistan High Commission in Abuja and Lagos Commercial Section.

He said “ I see a robust trade and investment growth between Nigeria and Pakistan soonest” and the planned visit of ICCI High Powered Trade Delegation to Nigeria is an indication that Pakistani Investors are ready for strategic penetration into the Nigerian Market, which now runs into billions of dollars.

Sheikh Abdul Waheed, Vice President (ICCI) said that Federal Republic of Nigeria is an important trade partner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and also a hub for the entire West Africa as it is among Africa’s largest economy contributing 77% of Africa’s GDP. He added that owing to the charismatic personal efforts of Former Nigerian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni the “Trade between Pakistan and Nigeria has touched the highest point from US 80 Million to US 500 Million” in recent years.

Highlighting the glorious achievements of Former Nigerian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni, Vice President (ICCI) Sheikh Abdul Waheed added that Former Nigerian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni has done tremendous job during his Diplomatic tenure in Pakistan (2012-2015) to attract Pakistani Industrialists to invest in Nigeria. He also embarked on different strategies such as personal trade visit to almost all Chambers of Commerce across Pakistan, Meeting with Pakistani Investors, Showcasing Nigeria’s investment potentials in areas of Agriculture, Mining, Oil and Gas.

He said Ambassador Danladi personally visited major Agricultural Industries in Pakistan producing tractors, fertilizer plants, textiles and pharmaceuticals and Punjab Province , Surgical equipments Units in Sialkot and Gul Ahmed Textiles based in Karachi.

He said that President of Pakistan, Mamnnon Hussain’s State Visit to Nigeria in 2014 was the personal endeavour of Ambassador Danladi that resulted in the establishment of Commercial Section in Abuja that gave a new impetus to Pakistan Nigeria Trade Relations, which is by no means a small achievement.

He said that Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni has done remarkable job in expanding cooperation between Nigeria and Pakistan in Trade and Commerce, Economic and Industrial Cooperation, Agricultural and Agro-Based Industries and Cultural Co-operation including Defence related Industries.

He said that Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni is a great diplomat with vast experience of handling and improving trade relations between Pakistan and Nigeria. In recognition of his great contribution in enhancing trade volume from US $ 80 Million to US $ 500 Million Pakistan Business Community awarded Ambassador Dauda Danladi, mni “Diplomatic Excellence Award in 2014”. He said many Ambassadors/High Commissioners from Federal Republic Nigeria came to Pakistan on their official diplomatic obligations in the past but they just came and went without leaving any marked impression on the horizon of Nigeria Pakistan Diplomatic relations focusing on Trade and Commerce between the two brotherly countries.

At the conclusion of his media speech, Sheikh Abdul Waheed, Vice President, ICCI appealed the Government of Pakistan and Government of Nigeria to simplify the Business Visa Formalities so that the trade between Pakistan and Nigeria may flourish from strength to strength in the days to come. He chanted the slogan of ‘Pakistan-Nigeria Friendship Zindabad”.