Capital Watch 01-04-2019

Kenyan HC hosts farewell reception for S.Africa envoy

High Commissioner of Kenya Julius Bitok hosted farewell reception for the outgoing Ambassador of South Africa at the Kenya House. Ambassador and High Commissioners from the African group and a select group of Pakistani dignitaries were invited to attend the farewell reception.
High Commissioner of Kenya in his brief remarks lauded the services of the outgoing South African ambassador who was also the Dean of the African group. Julius Bitok said the South African High Commissioner contributed greatly towards promotion of bilateral relations adding even within the African group he was very much instrumental in gearing up group activities.
He said the Ambassador Jele, because of his jolly type of nature and wit, was very much respected by his colleagues and friends.
The incoming Dean of the African group, Ambassador of Tunisia Adel Elarbi also recognized the services of outgoing ambassador and wished him best of luck in his future endeavors. The incoming dean also presented a gift to the South African ambassador.

Slovenian envoy visits RCCI

Slovenian Ambassador, Kristina Radej visited Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) during the wekk. In here address on the occasion, she said that Slovenia being a member of the European Union has a developed economy. She said that sector specific trade delegate must visit each other countries and urged improve ties in the areas of water waste management and water turbines.
She said Slovenia and Pakistan have always nurtured good relations and desired to improve people to people contacts. She said that Slovenia provides entrance to central Europe and urged Pakistani businessmen to avail lucrative incentives of their government.
She lauded RCCI’s efforts in promoting trade and investment activities in the region through exhibitions and business opportunity conferences.
Earlier, RCCI President Malik Shahid Saleem, in his welcome address, said Pakistan`s economy was an emerging economy and it offered a vast scope of joint ventures in the fields of pharmaceutical, gems and jewelry, marble and auto mobile sector. He said Pakistan was the best place for investment as things had remarkably improved, adding that the Slovenian envoy to ease visa regime for business community and flexibility in travel advisory.
He also urged on opening diplomatic mission in Islamabad and direct flights. He also gave a short briefing on RCCI current and upcoming events. Later a memento was presented to the visiting ambassador.

Mauritius ready to assist Pakistan in tourism promotion

High Commissioner of Mauritius Rashidally Soobadar has said his country was ready to share its success story especially in the tourism field with Pakistan as Mauritius is ranked prominent among those countries that fetch huge influx of tourists every year.
The High Commissioner made these remarks while speaking on the occasion of 51st anniversary of independence of Republic of Mauritius. Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda was the chief guest while ambassadors and high commissioners of the African group also attended the event along with other dignitaries.
Interestingly, a pin-drop silence was witnessed during the captivating speech of the high commissioner. By and large people do not pay any heed to speeches delivered on such occasions, however Mauritius envoy’s speech and the way he delivered that speech literally left the audience spell-bound.
Further dilating upon various avenues of mutual cooperation, the high commissioner said both countries can cooperate in many fields.
“We are 51 years of age and I see we have achieved maturity. Mauritius is condemned not to commit blunder. Mauritius became independent in 1968 and soon after that it established relations with Pakistan”.
He said Mauritius and Pakistan strongly believe in promotion of trade and economic ties because the real engines of growth and development are trade and economic relations. We encourage Pakistanis to invest in Mauritius as foreign investors are provided with a friendly business climate where ease of doing business is ensured.
Apart from trade and investment there are many other avenues where both countries can work together. Mauritius loves Pakistan and Pakistan loves Mauritius, he added.
The high commissioner said before independence Mauritius was in a bad shape with half million people having per capita income of only USD 200. It was one-crop island i.e. sugar cane.

NAB summons Khawaja Asif in assets case today

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi has summoned former minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif in assets case today (April 1). According to details, the anti-corruption watchdog has directed the PML-N leader to bring along details of his bank accounts and foreign properties.
Earlier, NAB Director General Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal had approved investigation into corruption charges against Khawaja Asif for causing a loss of Rs3.66 billion to the national exchequer.

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