A 14-member joint delegation of Pak-Saudi Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PSJCCI) and Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) headed by their Vice Chairman, Mr. Shah Jan Malik, are visiting Saudi Arabia from 11-19 May, 2017, as part of trade promotion activities to increase export of rice to the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This effort by the rice exporters of Pakistan that are expecting to fetch big deals in Saudi Arabia is well appreciated by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah, Mr. Shehryar Akbar Khan who has expressed hope that these measures would support Pakistan’s efforts to increase rice exports to the Kingdom. He shared that the consulate is making an extensive programme for the delegation which includes meetings with Makkah and Jeddah chambers, Business to Business Networking Session and meetings/visits to the leading supermarkets and hypermarkets of the Western Region.
The President of Pak-Saudi Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Mian Mehmood said Saudi Arabia imports over USD 1 billion worth of rice every year, presenting great opportunity for REAP to further increase their share in export of rice.The joint chamber is playing a very vital role in promoting trade in all the sectors between the two brotherly countries, he added. Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Vice Chairman, Mr.Sheikh Mahzen Batterjie has welcomed the visit of the delegation and said such bilateral visits are necessary to increase the bilateral trade, commerce and investment between the two countries.The delegation expressed confidence that they will meet their objective and the visit will be fruitful.They are hopeful that there is tremendous scope for the export of Pakistani Basmati rice to Saudi Arabia, because of its supreme quality, unique aroma and taste.