KARACHI The government of UAE will be opening a new office in Karachi in next two months to facilitate all kind of issues including renewal of residence and work permits to facilitate Pakistanis going to UAE.

This was announced by the Acting Consul General of UAE in Karachi, Bakheet Ateeq Al Romaithiin, at a meeting of Pakistan-UAE Business Council presided over by Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig.

Dr Baig discussed proposals for 12th Session of Pak UAE Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC), particularly early signing of Pak-GCC free trade agreement.

He said that bilateral trade between Pakistan and UAE stands at $8.3 billion which includes Pakistan exports to UAE at $869 million and import from UAE at $7.5 billion having huge trade deficit.

He suggested import of rice and sugar from Pakistan for cooperative stores in UAE. He appreciated the consul general’s initiative to cultivate animal feed in Pakistan and successfully exporting to UAE for the last many years.

The members were informed that an Abu Dhabi infrastructure fund is interested to invest in clean and renewable energy projects in Pakistan.

Dr Baig also discussed participation in the Expo 2020, a mega event to take place from October 20, 2020 to April 2021 in UAE for promotion of tourism.