Pakistan’s exports to Australia have increased by 30pc, says Australian envoy

Dr Geoffrey Shaw

In a webinar meeting, Australian High Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Shaw announced the increase of Pakistan’s exports to Australia by 30 percent. 

On Thursday, a webinar meeting was held, organized by the English Speaking Union of Pakistan (ESUP) where Australian High Commissioner discussed ‘Pakistan-Australia relations and bilateral trade’. 

Shaw said Pakistan and Australia have strong relations as “they both have democratic governments, an understanding of each other’s cultures and a love of cricket, which form the basis of strong Pakistan and Australia linkages, including people-to-people links as more than 84,000 Pakistanis call Australia their home.”

“Our region has seen growth in global trade and investment. We are also with Pakistan in navigating a geostrategic and economic landscape.” 

“Economy and security is best served on market-based principles. Times of crisis raise trade barriers, but an open economy and free trade is a priority for Australia. There should be an unrestricted flow of goods and we want to see this with Pakistan, too,” he added. 

He added that both countries are working together at reestablishing markets as there is still a lot of potential and room for growth there. “There are encouraging signs, too, as Pakistan’s exports to Australia have increased by 30 percent. This includes rice exports from Pakistan and more health supplements and infant formula from Australia,” the HC said. 

He then talked about the Education and Covid-19 crisis, he said, “Education, too, improves our relationship. But the Covid-19 crisis has affected this sector as students have not been able to travel due to it. Still, there are many Pakistani students who are already there in Australia. And we are waiting to welcome back many more who had left for home due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, we are also exploring online education options with the Higher Education Commission here.”  

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