Envoy terms Pakistan a viable option for German investors


Islamabad:      The investors of Germany were looking with interest at Pakistan, which was a viable option for them for JVs and investment. German company GIZ was working in Pakistan to promote technical training and skills development of its youth and Pakistani private sector should engage such trainees to improve its productivity. This was stated by H.E. Bernhard Stephan Schlagheck, Ambassador of Germany while interacting with the business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI). Christian Böttcher,Economic Counsellor of German Embassy also accompanied him at the occasion.
Responding to a proposal for potential opportunities of JVs and investment for German investors in CPEC, the German Envoy said that investment by local investors in CPEC will give more confidence to foreign investors. He said that the economy of Pakistan was improving, however, Pakistan needed to focus on cohesive economic policies, improve tax regime to widen tax base and streamline lengthy litigation procedures to promote ease of doing business and attract more investment. He said that SMEs were the backbone of German economy and there was a need to develop close cooperation between the SMEs of both countries to strengthen bilateral business relations. He highlighted water and waste management, healthcare, industry, agro manufacturing and food security as potential areas of cooperation between Germany and Pakistan. He assured that he was working in tandem with the Pakistan Ambassador in Germany to encourage more German investors towards Pakistan.