STAFF REPORT IDB: Pakistan has sought Indias cooperation in the renewable energy sector, especially the use of solar power for agriculture, Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir said while talking to media.
“A team from Pakistan has visited India to study renewable and energy sector. The team is studying the use of solar power for agriculture and solar power plants in India. It is an area where we can benefit,” said the Pakistani diplomat.
Speaking at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries, he said that there are good agricultural universities in Pakistan that will be happy to collaborate with similar institutions in India.
On the issue of Pakistan buying electricity from India, Bashir said: “Possible trade in electricity and gas is being worked out at technical level. Infrastructure and energy are two areas where mutual collaborations could be beneficial.”
He said that the two countries are working to open bank branches in each others countries.
For increasing trade between the two countries, Bashir said: “Better road and rail traffic is an important requirement. There is no limit to items being traded through rail and sea and that is an important area to be improved.”
He said Pakistan is in the process of increasing number of items on “positive list” trade rules reducing “negative list”.