Penang and Pakistan look forward to exploring various areas of collaboration


THE Penang government is always looking forward to any possible collaboration between the state and Pakistan to benefit various sectors for both parties.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this when delegates from the Pakistan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur paid a courtesy call on Chow at his office in Komtar today.


Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia Amna Baloch, who led the delegation, said Penang has a lot of potential.

Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia Amna Baloch

“There are many areas for both Pakistan and Penang to explore.


“The areas include trade, culture, sports, education, job opportunities and tourism.


“Areas such as manufacturing, electronics and IT fields are also something that we can look at.


“Thus, we want to take advantage of that in Penang,” Amna said.


Chow, in response, said the Penang government is open to all possible collaborations in new areas that can further strengthen their bilateral friendship.


Amna said her delegation would also meet with officials of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Penang (FMM Penang).


“We want to bring more Pakistani professional workers to work in Penang, especially in engineering, software and other related fields.


“So, we want to explore that area as well,” she added.


Also present during the courtesy visit were Pakistan honorary consul in Penang Datuk Seri Abdul Rafique Karim, Pakistan Trade and Investment counsellor Shafqat Ali Khan Niazi, Pakistan counsellor Yasir Kayani and Pakistan First Secretary Muhammad Adil.

Story by Riadz Akmal
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