Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has said that Pakistan highly values its bilateral relations with Austria and desires to further expand mutual cooperation in different sectors including trade and investment. Talking to the Austrian Ambassador Nicolaus Keller during a meeting here at Parliament House on Thursday, Deputy Chairman Senate observed that diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Austria were established in 1956, however, trade and economic cooperation between the two sides remained low in volume. He said that both Pakistan and Austria need to work out a mechanism to bring business community in close contacts through frequent interaction. Mandviwalla observed that Pakistan offers a conducive environment for investment and Austrian investors would be welcomed to explore avenues for investments in different sectors.
Deputy Chairman Senate also emphasized the need for enhancing parliamentary exchanges and institutional collaboration to learn from each other’s experiences and promote people to people contacts at all level. He hoped that both the countries would make joint efforts to boost cooperation and enhance more linkages at political, social and economic level for mutual benefit. Senators Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Behramand Khan Tangi, Rubina Khalid, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and Muhammad Usman Kakar were also present during the meeting.
Austrian Ambassador while endorsing the views of Deputy Chairman Senate observed that interaction at different levels would help in further consolidating bilateral cooperation. He thanked the Deputy Chairman Senate for his candid views on Pakistan – Austrian ties and assured to work together for deepening cooperation.