Pakistan becomes investor-friendly country because of effective policies of the incumbent government. Game changing project of CPEC is a major attraction for foreigners. All economic indicators are seeking positive values. Pakistan Stock exchange is the best performing in the region while foreign reserves have touched the record. A delegation of businessmen and investors from Gulf countries led by Bahrain's Commerce Minister Zayed R. Alzayan arrive in Islamabad to attend the conference

The conference is jointly organized by Ministry of Commerce and Pakistan Embassy in Bahrain.  Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik says it is for the first time that such a large business delegation arrived from any Gulf country at Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invites Bahraini investors to explore investment opportunities in commercial and tourism sectors of Pakistan

Talking to Minister for Industries, Commerce and Tourism of Bahrain Zayed R. Alzayan, the Prime Minister says cooperation between the two countries in economic field will further strengthen the brotherly ties. Pakistan is a land of unlimited opportunities and offers investment friendly environment in diverse sectors. The government as well as business community of Bahrain can benefit from the opportunities and prospects offered by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Pakistan is open for business and there are over one thousand multinational companies profitably operating in Pakistan.  Meanwhile, the Bahraini Minister of Commerce says he came with a special mandate to expand the scope of economic ties between the two counties. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industries' delegation expressed the hope to further strengthen trade ties with Pakistan.

Host: Dr. Shafiq

Analysts on Telephone:

Dr. Murtaza Mughal (President, Pakistan Economy Watch):

We have a long standing belief that Pakistan is a lucrative destination for foreign investment. The Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Punjab understand business matters and they are addressing the problems of foreign investors. The business men from Bahrain and other countries are coming to Pakistan.

Dr. Noor Fatima (IR Expert):

In 2013, the incumbent government stated that it wants to bring business community to Pakistan. It showed their intent to attract foreign investment. CPEC has spill over impact and it has attracted more than 50 countries to Pakistan. Pakistan is providing basis for foreign direct investment.

Dr. Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economic Expert):

This is a positive development in its own right. The Prime Minister held meetings with their representatives. This will bring foreign investment and projects under CPEC will be offered to the investors. The countries like Russia, Iran, Gulf states and Central Asian republics want to benefit from this regional connectivity initiative. 

Dr. Humaiyun Iqbal Shami (Chairmen, Pakistan Economic Forum):

Bahrain, Qatar and UAE have used their resources for industrial investment in recent past. They have worked for industry, tourism and many other sectors. There are financial groups in Bahrain and Pakistan is located in its neighborhood. There are financial hubs in Bahrain but it lacks business investment opportunities. There were already historical ties between Pakistan and Bahrain but CPEC has open new avenues of cooperation.  

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