SIALKOT: The Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has said that Several Iranian companies are showing keen interest in establishing joint ventures with Pakistani businessmen.
Addressing a meeting of exporters at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here, he said that more efforts are being made to promote direct bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran.
The ambassador further assured the business community that Iranian trade markets along the border areas of Pakistan would soon be activated.
“All hurdles and trade barriers would be removed and focus would be on promoting bilateral trade ties between Pakistan and Iran,” he asserted.
The envoy added that Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline project would lead to an economic revolution in the region.
PSX: Bourse remains in the green on the week’s first trading day!
KARACHI: Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the green (45,372) gaining 113 points on the weeks first trading day.
Rs. 5.4b worth of 112.6m shares changed hands today. Value of the shares of 174 shares augmented, 158 plummeted while 17 remained stagnant. Chemical and Oil/Gas Sectors led the trading today with 15.3m and 13.4m shares.
The leading five traders of shares were: Unity Foods Ltd. 11.1m shares (+4.97pc); Sui Southern Gas Co. Ltd., 10.7m shares (+3.48pc); Lotte Chemical Pakistan Ltd., 7.6m shares
(-2.37pc); Fauji Foods Ltd., 7.5m shares (+3.21pc); K-Electric Ltd., 4.7m shares (+1.16pc).
PSX: Bears growl on the week’s last working day!
KARACHI: Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the red (45,259) on week’s last trading day shedding 128 points.
Rs. 6.5b worth of 144m shares changed hands today. Value of the shares of 196 companies plummeted, 143 augmented, while 21 remained stagnant.
With trade of 41.7m shares the Chemical Sector led the trading at the bourse. Today’s leading traders of the shares were: Lotte Chemical Pakistan Ltd., 21.8m shares (-2.76pc); Engro Polymer and Chemicals Ltd., 8.3m shares (+0.96pc); Azgard Nine Ltd., 8.0m shares (-5.91pc); Fauji Foods Ltd., 6.9m shares (-2.49pc); Descon Oxychem Ltd., 6.0m shares (-4.80pc).
Ahsan Iqbal calls upon businessmen to focus on competitiveness
ISLAMABAD: Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning Development and Reforms and Interior, called upon the business community here today to focus on improving quality of their products to make them more competitive in the world.
“Made in Pakistan products must be symbol of quality across the world,” the minister said while addressing a launching ceremony of the project “Productivity, Quality, and Innovation, to put Pakistan among top 25 economies by 2025.
Ahsan Iqbal held that competitiveness was not the name of devaluation of currency but it meant to add real value to the products. “Private sector needs to invest in research by creating links with the academia as in today’s world of fourth revolution, innovation is key driver of rapid development”, he added.
Ahsan Iqbal said the private sector must have to sit on the driving seat and the government and academia would be fully supporting it in this regard. He said the government had provided platform to the business community by resolving energy crisis, overcoming law and order situation, and by providing network of roads specially under CPEC and now it was private sector’s turn to perform.
“Road connectivity is basic tool to inclusive growth, therefore despite a baseless criticism by our opponents, the government had built a network of roads which helped connecting far of flung areas to mainstream,” he added.
He said in 2013, Pakistan’s motorway length was 579, while in 2018, the length had risen to 1010 kms while according to the government plan, by 2019, the total length will surge to 3690 kms.