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TOKYO: Stocks fell today as investors cash in profits following three straight days of gains. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.21 percent, or 47.84 points, to close at 22,818.02 while the broader Topix index edged down 0.04 percent, or 0.77 points, to 1,805.15.

“Profit-taking can easily emerge following days of sizeable gains,” said Hikaru Sato, senior technical analyst at Daiwa Securities. “Buying sentiment was also capped by a wait-and-see mood ahead of (economic growth) figures” Wednesday, Sato told AFP.

Some analysts have warned the world’s number three economy may have shrunk for the first time in nine quarters in January-March. Tokyo shares opened higher with sentiment supported by gains on Wall Street following signs of easing trade tensions between China and the United States.

Sunday tweet from Donald Trump that US and Chinese officials were working to get Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE “back into business, fast”, helped soothe some investors’ nerves.

Investors will be keeping a close eye on US-China trade discussions, with President Xi Jinping’s top economics official, Vice Premier Liu He, visiting Washington.

 

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ECC approves uninterrupted gas supply to export oriented industry

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ISLAMABAD: Economic Coordination Committee at its meeting here today approved the mechanism for supply of uninterrupted gas to zero-rated export-oriented industry.

The meeting chaired by Finance Minister Asad Umar approved the supply of RLNG to the export industry for three months from December this year to February next month.

According to the mechanism, the export sectors will be provided mix energy including RLNG from March to November.

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KARACHI: A thirty-member business delegation from Germany -representing important sectors like energy, engineering, security technology, financial services, and construction- will be on a two-day visit to Karachi, from 22ns October.
This delegation was the result of joint efforts by Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology; Pakistan Embassy in Berlin with support of Dr. Poetis, who is Honorary Consul General of Pakistan in Munich; the Embassy of Germany in Pakistan and the German Consulate in Karachi, President GPCCI, Qazi Sajid Ali told APP here today.
On the first day, German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has arranged a conference on the trade and investment opportunities in Germany and Pakistan. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah is expected to inaugurate this programme.
Then, the delegation would visit Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Sindh Board of Investment, Pakistan Business Council’s secretariat and the Governor House.
Qazi said that after a long period of time, a business delegation from Germany was coming to Karachi for business discussion with Pakistani counterparts and would finalize the projects of mutual interest for the bilateral business growth. Some of the German businessmen are also interested in the joint ventures. The visit would encourage German investment here and exports of Pakistani goods to Germany.

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain today said Spanish companies were welcome to invest in the energy, infrastructure and tourism projects in Pakistan.
Speaking at a reception hosted by the Spanish embassy to celebrate the National Day of Spain, he said Pakistan highly valued its friendly and cooperative relations with Spain, bilaterally as well as in the context of European Union.
“Our relationship is based on mutual respect and similarity of perceptions on global issues of mutual concern. The trajectory of Pakistan Spain ties is positive and we are determined to make every effort to maintain it.”
The minister said, “Our mutually beneficial cooperation is strengthened by our shared democratic values, commitment to continued engagement and willingness to help each other. Pakistan looks forward to deepening its partnership with Spain for the achievement of its objectives of peace, prosperity, and development.”
He said Pakistan and Spain closely cooperated on issues of importance, both bilaterally as well as at the multilateral platforms, including the United Nations.
Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at US$ 1.07 billion with Pakistan’s exports of US$ 860 million and imports of US$ 211 million for the period June 2017-March 2018. There is substantial potential for further expansion.
“There is a considerable number of Pakistanis living in Spain and they serve as a bridge between our two friendly countries and positively contribute to the economic development of Spain,” he said adding, “We will have more investment opportunities after the establishment of Special Economic Zones, aimed at promoting regional trade. We have lots of business opportunities with investment-friendly policies. Let us progress together through collective efforts and cooperation.”
Fawad said the government would welcome investment of European Union countries in projects related to CPEC.
He invited people from all friendly countries for a visit to Pakistan for business and tourism. “They will find a much safer Pakistan than it was a few years ago. The situation has improved and will improve further.”
He extended deepest felicitations to the government and people of Spain on their National Day. Spain’s Ambassador to Pakistan Carlos Morales said Pakistan had a rich cultural heritage and he witnessed many changes during his more than three-year stay in the country. The one major change was that Pakistan was now a more safe place, which was a major achievement.
He said Spain wanted to boost relations with Pakistan in the fields of trade and investment. The ambassador said during his stay he tried to enhance people-to-people contacts and bilateral cooperation in the areas of education, culture, and tourism.
Hundreds of Pakistani students were pursuing graduate and postgraduate studies in Spain, he added. Earlier, national anthems of the two countries were played at the event attended by politicians, members of the diplomatic corps and prominent citizens from all walks of life.

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