Sweden to help Pakistan in electricity generation through waste management and a delegation of Swedish experts would visit this year, said Lars-Hjalmar Wide, ambassador of Sweden, on Tuesday.
“Sweden understands the acute energy shortage in Pakistan and is ready to support the country through clean and environment-friendly technology for electricity generation,” he said at a meeting with members of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
The energy experts from Sweden would visit Pakistan in two phases, he said. “In the first phase, a small delegation will visit the country by October this year,” he added.
The visiting delegation will hold seminars and interact with Pakistani companies to identify potential partners for joint ventures, the Swedish diplomat said.
“The small delegation would pave the way for a large delegation, comprising 15-20 companies, which is expected to visit Pakistan by March 2013 or after general elections in the country,” he added.
Sweden has been successful in electricity generation through recycling waste management, he said, adding that the urban areas in Pakistan would be targeted for electricity generation.
The diplomat said that Sweden has excellent relations with Pakistan and a number of companies are operating in the country for a long time. “But there is still a need to enhance bilateral cooperation,” he added.
Wide talked about security concerns in Pakistan and its participation in the war on terror. “Several Swedish companies are reluctant to visit and invest in several sectors of economy in Pakistan,” he added.
He assured the KCCI members that he would encourage leading companies in Sweden to interact with Pakistani counterparts to boost bilateral trade.
As member of the European Union (EU), Sweden has always supported Pakistan for enhancing trade and giving market access, the diplomat said, adding: “The EU has planned a five-year strategy for Pakistan, which will help the country access European markets and getting trade concessions,” he added.
Earlier, Mian Abrar Ahmed, president of the Karachi Chamber, informed the ambassador about trade discrimination by the United States and the European Union by restricting exports in their markets towards Pakistan.