By G9ija

The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria, Mr Muhammad Azam, says the upcoming Pakistan-Africa Trade Conference and Exhibition will target ECOWAS countries, 400 guests and 100 companies to exhibits their products.

The envoy made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle, in Abuja, to seek collaboration for the success of the conference and exhibition.

The event scheduled to hold from Nov. 23 to Nov. 25 in Lagos, targets the business community from not only Nigeria but other West African and non-ECOWAS countries.

Azam said that the event would deepen relations between both countries, due to their similarities as emerging economies and Pakistan’s recently announced policy of engagement with Africa.

He added that his government had analysed that potential benefits that would accrue to the two countries, given  their peculiar potentiality in emerging markets.

The envoy noted in the post COVID-19 environment this was one of the largest event that Pakistan would be holding in Lagos, Nigeria.

“We have invited 400 guests from ECOWA and non-ECOWAS countries and we are providing hospitality paid for by the Pakistani government, and we also invited investors and businessmen from Nigeria.

“Official delegations are coming from Pakistan and 100 companies will be displaying their products at the exhibition.

“I am hopeful that after the event, both countries will benefit from the collaboration this exhibition and conference will bring,” he said.

NAN reports that 100 pulse companies are participating from eleven pulse sectors namely: pharmaceutical, paints and chemicals, Surgical instruments, beauty and cosmetics , leather products and accessories.

Others are: kitchen wares, food and beverages, automotive and agricultural machinery, electrical appliances, and information technology.