The Ambassador of Italy Andreas Ferrarese called on Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla here at Parliament House on Thursday. During the meeting both the countries have agreed to move ahead for enhancing mutual ties especially in areas of trade, economy and parliamentary linkages. On this occasion Deputy Chairman Senate said that many countries across the world are facing tough challenges due to Covid-19 epidemic and there is a need to adopt a collective approach to cope with the threats posed by this crisis. He said that people and Parliament of Pakistan are deeply concerned on human and material loss caused by the epidemic in Italy. He said that Pakistan is eager to cooperate with Italy to tackle the challenge of epidemic with a collective approach. He said that Parliamentary linkages are the most appropriate channel to boost political, economic and trade ties. He said that Pakistan-Italy Friendship Group in Upper House of the Parliament would be activated to enhance the economic and business relations. He also called for frequent exchange of delegations comprising of parliamentarians and business community to explore the avenues for collaboration to enhance trade volume between two countries.
He invited the Italian parliamentarian to visit Pakistan to benefit from investment opportunities as the situation gets normal. He said that there is a huge potential for future investment in different projects and Italian businessman should exploit these opportunities. He suggested that business community in both the countries should explore the options for enhancing trade relations.
Speaking on occasion the Italian ambassador said that Italy gives utmost importance to its relations with Pakistan and all out efforts would be made to boost the economic ties. He said that the world community should adopt a collective approach to face the challenges arising out of Covid-19 epidemic. He said that his country is very keen for enhancing parliamentary linkages as well as increasing cultural exchanges with Pakistan. The meeting was also attended by convenor of Pakistan – Italy friendship group in Senate, Senator Javed Abbasi.