Islamabad, 13 April 2023 (TDI): The Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Leslie Scanlon, met with Syed Naveed Qamar, the Federal Minister for Commerce, to discuss the strengthening of trade ties and visa facilitation between the two countries.

Minister Qamar expressed appreciation for Canada’s upcoming General Preferential Tariff (GPT+) program for developing countries, with hopes that Pakistan’s proposed sectors, such as apparel and footwear, would benefit greatly.

Additionally, he urged for facilitation in visa issuance for Pakistani business communities to participate in exhibitions and other business events, specifically mentioning the Sial Food Fair in Canada.

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Scanlon acknowledged the Minister’s concerns and assured him that the Canadian government is actively working towards further facilitation and speeding up the visa process. Furthermore, Minister Qamar expressed his gratitude for the higher exports from Pakistan to Canada, which created a trade surplus for Pakistan.

In a broader sense, the Canadian government is committed to streamlining the visa process for all applicants, including those from Pakistan.

This commitment is part of Canada’s ongoing efforts to enhance people-to-people ties between Canada and Pakistan and strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

With a shared commitment to economic prosperity and cultural exchange, Canada and Pakistan look forward to continued collaboration in the years to come.