Islamabad: Ambassador of Sweden to Pakistan Lars-Hjalmar Wide on Tuesday said his country is interested in promising energy and transport sectors of Pakistan.He said that Sweden can prove a good market for Pakistani fruits, vegetables, meat. Leather, sports goods and textiles if potential is exploited properly.
Lars-Hjalmar Wide said this while speaking to Sheikh Humayun Sayeed, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Diplomatic Affairs and Malik Sohail, Chairman Media FPCCI.The Ambassador informed that Swedish Chambers of Commerce has organised a delegation which will explore possibilities of investment in green energy in Pakistan. Similarly, Volvo is interested in exporting busses to Pakistan, he added.
He lauded the role of Pakistan’s embassy in Stockholm in promoting bilateral trade but added that that perception of Pakistan is barring some investors from his country from launching projects here.
Wide said that Swedish companies like Tetra Pak, Millicom International Cellular, Saab Automobiles and GAC Logistics were operating successfully in Pakistan which is an incentive for other companies.However he regretted that Skanska AB, a multinational construction and development company completed construction of a dam in AJK in 2000 but they are still awaiting payment which is sending very wrong signals.
The Ambassador of Sweden assured the FPCCI officials that intending investors of Sweden will be briefed about opportunities in Pakistan.The envoy said that EU package to Pakistan may not be as good as many hoped but it’s symbolic value is very important.