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Nigeria, Pakistan to revamp joint commission

The Federal Government has agreed to revamp the Nigeria-Pakistan joint commission to provide both countries veritable platform to strengthen economic and trade relations.The Permanent Secretary, Foreign Affairs Ministry Amb. Olukunle Bamgbose, said on Tuesday in Abuja when the Pakistani High Commissioner designate to Nigeria, Maj.-Gen Wqar Kingravi (Rtd) visited him.

While expressing satisfaction with the level of defence and military cooperation between both countries, Bamgbose, however, said that there was need for improvement in the area of trade and economic relations.

He noted that Nigeria-Pakistan cooperation was very historical and that military training had been very consistent.

“The two countries have been collaborating in the area of defence, there have been exchange programmes between the armed forces of the two countries, especial in the area of training,” he said.

The High Commissioner earlier noted that he is in Nigeria to strengthen the economic and military relations between the two countries.

Kkingravi said: “We have long term relations in all things, especially in the areas of political and military, but in trade and commercial relations, we are lacking behind I will say.

“However there is a lot of room for improvement in the field of trade and commercial, cultural exchange, agricultural, medical and education.

“We have trade relationship in the area of agriculture and finished products with Nigeria.”

Kingravi, however, expressed concern on the volume of trade, which he said, was not encouraging due to certain restriction on the importation of rice into Nigeria.

“The volume of trade is not much, but we would like to further increase that,” he said.

“We can cooperate in other areas such as infrastructure development, in the field of oil and gas, agricultural equipment and medical field. So, there are many fields that we can have our cooperation,” he said

He said that Pakistan had been assisting Nigeria in the area of fighting terrorism and would continue to do so.

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