Karachi (Cliff News)Malaysia and Pakistan through enhanced
cooperation and joint initiatives can advance in various social and
economic fields.Bilateral cooperation between the two countries is not only
confined to political and economic spheres but also in other
areas such as education, tourism, defence and technical assistance,
said Malaysian Council General Khairul Nazran Abd Rehman here on
Friday.He was speaking at a press conference at Beach Luxury Hotel, in
connection with celebrations of Malaysia’s National Day. He was
flanked by Commercial Counsellor of Malaysia Johari Minal and the
Immigration Counsellor Mrs. Zawiyah Binti Maulud, and Azeem Qureshi,
national day on September 16 to make the formation of Malaysia with
joining of Sabah and Sarwak with Malaya. Malaya got independence from
British on August 31, 1957.Malaysia and Pakistan enjoyed warm and friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1957, he said.
Both the countries shared similar position on regional and
international issues through their common membership in
the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Organisation of Islamic Conference
(OIC) and G-77 organisation. In addition, Pakistan is also a sectoral
dialogue partner of ASEAN and a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum
(ARF).He said Pakistan had remained one of the Malaysia’s largest
trading partner among South Asian countries. The balance of trade has
consistently been in Malaysia’s favour.
Both countries need to diversify goods beyond palm oil and
cereals to increase their trade.Malaysia and Pakistan signed Free Trade Agreement on 8 November
2007 in Kuala Lumpur. It sis Pakistan’s first comprehensive FTA for
trade in goods, services.This was Malaysia’s first bilateral FTA
with any South Asian country.In 2017, the bilateral trade increased.
Pakistan had also emerged as an important market for palm kernel
cake, which is used as an ingredient for animal feeds. In 2017,Pakistan imported 0.3 million tones of palm Kernel cake and became the fourth largest importer of the commodity after New Zealand, European Union and South Korea.
Malaysian Commercial Counsellor said that Malaysia had been able to
keep the prices of palm products competitive by increasing
productivity.On May 28, 2007 Malaysia and Pakistan had signed a memorandum of
understanding on Cooperation in the Field of tourism. In 2017, tourist
arrivals from Pakistan figured 53,453 — a decrease of 8.5% as
compared to 58,388 arrivals in 2016.Malaysia hopes more tourists from Pakistan would choose Malaysia
for their holidays.The Immigration Attache said Malaysia had very liberal visa policy for Pakistanis.