Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has underscored the need for enhanced trade economic and parliamentary linkages and further activating the parliamentary friendship groups in Pakistani and Swedish parliaments to steer the agenda for boosting the economic cooperation.
Deputy Chairman Senate expressed these views in a meeting with Ambassador of Sweden Ingrid Johansson at the Parliament House on Thursday. He said that trade volume between the sides is not up to the mark and both the countries need to further explore opportunities for mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities. Mandviwalla emphasized that parliaments can play a vital role in increased people to people contacts and therefore parliamentarians of the two sides must have frequent interactions to learn from each other’s experiences and share ideas on issues of bilateral concern. Deputy Chairman Senate proposed formulating an experience sharing mechanism between the two parliaments to benefit from the technical expertise as well as insight on each other’s working.
The meeting was also attended by Senators Sitara Ayaz and Behramand Tangi. Both the Senators called for boosting cooperation in different sectors including education and health. They said that Sweden is the best example where women folk active role in national development and Pakistan can benefit from the rich experience of Sweden in mainstreaming women into the development process to expedite growth and prosperity of the country.
Both sides need to make collective efforts to revive these relations to optimal level in all the areas of mutual interest”, he maintained. Deputy Chairman Senate also extended invitation to the speaker of the Swedish parliament to visit Pakistan which was happily received by the ambassador.
Swedish Ambassador agreed with the views of Deputy Chairman Senate and said that enhanced cooperation between the two sides would usher a new era of development and open up new vistas of bilateral cooperation. She thanked Deputy Chairman Senate for candid views on increased institutional cooperation.