Trade Development Authority of Pakistan in coordination with Consulate General of Pakistan, Manchester organized a webinar on export potential of Pakistani Dates to United Kingdom on Thursday 14th January, 2021 at 07:00 pm (PST) and 02:00pm (BST) through zoom video link. The objective of the webinar was to create awareness among Pakistani stakeholders about UK’s import market of dates and explore the marketing opportunities to European dates market. About 70 plus exporters and growers of dates from overall Pakistan along with the representatives of Sindh Enterprise Development Fund, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, Sindh Chamber of Agriculture, Sindh Abadgar Foundation, Dhakki Dates Cooperative Society and Baluchistan Dates Development Organization attended the webinar.
Mr. Muhammad Tariq Wazir, Consul General of Pakistan-Manchester stressed to strengthen the collaboration between both sides to explore marketing opportunities to UK, especially for Pakistani Dates. Mr. Shafiq A Shahzad, Minister-Trade & Investment-London briefed the participants about the European dates market and shared the way forward of market access & opportunities for Pakistani dates in UK. Mr. Abdul Karim Memon, D.G TDAP apprised about TDAP initiatives for getting more market access for Pakistani dates. He informed that TDAP has started Dates Diplomacy & Promotional Campaign through various Pakistan’s diplomatic and commercial missions abroad by sending date samples and through the series of such webinars. The interactive sessions with Pakistani origin UK businessmen Mr. Sardar Shafquat Khan-SVP UK-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Pervaiz Alam-CEO Worldwide Foods Ltd-UK, Mr. Abid Hussain-GM NQV Foods Pvt. Ltd-UK, Mr. Khalid Mahmood Chaudhry-CEO AA Veg Pvt. Ltd-UK, Dr. Amjad Parvez, Well-known Businessman-Europe and Mr. Attaullah Qasmi, SG UK Pakistan Business Council were also held during the webinar.
The webinar ended with question and answer session during which speakers provided detailed answers to the questions raised by growers and exporters of dates of all the region of Pakistan. The stakeholders were happy on arrangements of webinar by Mr. Muhammad Akhtar, Trade and Investment Secretary, Manchester and TDAP Sukkur team. The webinar recording will be available in a few days on YouTube channel tdapwebinar.